Texas Tech Knots Up Series Against Texas

The Red Raiders defeated the Longhorns 8-4 Saturday to tie the series at a game apiece. The rubber match is set for 2 p.m. Sunday

Texas Tech evened out the series against Texas on Saturday afternoon by winning 8-4 win in front of a record-breaking crowd in Lubbock.

Rip Griffin Park was buzzing with 4,353 fans on Saturday and the Red Raiders came out to play. Every starting player on the Texas Tech line up recorded a base hit and maximizing on Texas's errors helped Tech gain the lead.

In the first inning the Red Raiders scored a pair of runs on wild pitches from Dillon Peters. They continued to score at least one run for the four innings following. After not scoring for eight consecutive innings, Texas Tech totaled 11 hits, four RBIs and eight runs.

"Anytime you can get to a pitcher like that who has had some success the last couple years and this year, anytime you can get to him early is big," Burleson said. "We had a good approach and stuck with it and we'll be ready for tomorrow."

Although the run support was there, Texas Tech's main strength was Jonny Drozd on the mound. Starting pitcher Cameron Smith pitched one inning allowing two hits, one run and a walk. It didn't take long for the Tech coaching staff to call Jonny's name and he came through when they did.

Drozd pitched a career high of seven innings and kept Texas scoreless in five innings but allowed 11 hits and only two runs.

"He was really just what the doctor ordered today," Tadlock said. "He came in and really just set the tone and established that he was going to throw strikes and change speeds."

Texas Tech looks to wrap up the series against Texas on Sunday. First pitch is at 2:00 pm.

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