Texas Tech Baseball Keeps Rolling

The Red Raiders defeated Oral Roberts 7-2 Saturday for fifth consecutive win. The victory clinches the series, which wraps 1 p.m. Sunday.

Texas Tech's baseball team is on a roll in 2014, defeating Oral Roberts on Saturday in the second game of their three-game series, 7-2.

The Red Raiders notched their fifth consecutive win since an opening-day loss to Indiana, clinching their second series of the season.

Texas Tech (5-1) was guided by the strong performances of center fielder Tyler Neslony, who went 2-for-3 with a four-RBI performance to boot, as well as a two-run, two-hit bid from third baseman Jake Barrios.

"It was a relief to get those first few hits," said Barrios, who broke a 22-at-bat hitless streak Saturday. "As long as we get the win, it doesn't matter. I'm happy either way."

The star on the mound for Texas Tech was starting pitcher Matt Withrow. The sophomore right-hander threw five innings, giving up only two hits and a run while notching six of Tech's 10 total strikeouts. "You've just gotta throw strikes and let your defense work for you," Withrow said afterwards.

The win was given to Corey Taylor, who gave up four hits and one run in two innings of duty. Ryan Moseley made four strikeouts, including the final two Oral Roberts batters.

The Red Raiders' fielding was as superb as its batting, with a key eighth-inning snag from third baseman Jake Barrios leading the way for a team that allowed only two runs all night.

Texas Tech's most productive inning was in the sixth, where a Red Raider offense which had seemed out of sorts – and stuck in a 1-1 tie game - began to awaken. In one swoop, seven Red Raiders recorded a base hit, yielding five runs.

Oral Roberts' troubles with Texas Tech began to surface after the sixth-inning surge. Guillermo Trujillo – who got the loss – conceded eight hits and six runs, as well as two walks, in 5.2 innings of work. The Golden Eagles' batting was more spread out, as six different players had one hit apiece.

The matchup with Oral Roberts concludes Sunday at 1 p.m. CST.

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