It was a close game Friday afternoon but the Red Raiders pulled it off with relief pitching that was backed up by the offense. Starting junior right hand pitcher Dominic Moreno pitched five innings and allowed eight hits, one run but got two strikeouts.
Moreno said his performance was sharp but not sharp enough. Left-hand pitcher Cameron Smith relieved Moreno and pitched one inning after committing an error that allowed the Golden Eagles to score and tie the game. Then came Dalton Brown and then closer Jonny Drozd who allowed no runs and wrapped it up on defense.
"It was really nice to see our guys come out and play a clean game today and see the bullpen come out and do their thing," Tadlock said. "We have a few weapons and it's crucial that those guys continue to grow in those roles."
The Red Raiders kept the bats swinging against Oral Roberts. The team collected a total of 11 hits. Freshman shortstop Matt Broadbent, who filled in for injured shortstop Tim Proudfoot, finished 3-4 with RBIs.
Tadlock spoke highly of Broabent's Friday night performance
"We have known all along he could swing the bat and he played shortstop great today," Tadlock said. "We had some good at bats up and down the line up."
Texas Tech looks to keep the momentum going as they continue the series against Oral Roberts 2 p.m. Saturday.
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