Texas Tech Beats ACU, 6-2, in Final Tuneup

Texas Tech defeated Abilene Christian 6-2 Tuesday night in a dust storm shortened contest. The Red Raiders have won 13 straight at home and seven overall.

Texas Tech overcame Abilene Christian
6-2 in a game shortened to seven innings by a west Texas dust storm. The win pushes the No. 23 Red Raiders to 15-3 as they head into Big 12 play this weekend.

The Red Raiders got off to a perfect start in the first inning. Starting pitcher freshman Dylan Dusek opened the game strong, allowing no hits or runs to the Wildcats. In return the Red Raiders came back and scored a total of five runs as a result of four hits including a pair of RBI-doubles from Jake Barrios and Adam Kirsch. Head coach Tim Tadlock said Dusek was consistent tonight and that is what they have come to expect from him.

"He is just steady," Tadlock said. "You know what your getting when he walks the mound. You know he is a strike thrower and is really steady in everything he does."

Dusek continued to shut out the Wildcats through the first four innings. The Wildcats managed to get one run in in the fifth on Dusek, who recorded four strikeouts.

The Red Raiders responded in the fifth inning scoring their last run of the game. Corey Taylor came in as relief and did a solid job, only allowing one run shortly before the weather delay was called.

The game was put on delay in the top of the seventh inning but just after a few minutes of dust the game was called. Alec Humphreys said that after the wind rolled in he did not want to go back out.

"It was tough to see out there," Humphreys said. "The dust was getting in to your eyes and teeth and it was gross."

Texas Tech's win tonight was not the biggest so far but with the competition they have played so far has prepared them for Big 12 play this weekend. The Red Raiders open conference play on the road against Baylor who is coming off a series win against Cal State Fullerton. Tadlock said he knows the guys are ready to compete in the Big 12.

"Any Big 12 weekend you know you have to go in and play good baseball," Tadlock said. "We are confident in our ability but we know we have to go in play good baseball."

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