Smiths Lead Texas Tech Past Dallas Baptist

Texas Tech rallied from a four-run deficit to defeat Dallas Baptist 5-4 in dramatic fashion Tuesday at Dan Law Field. Freshman outfielder Stephen Smith hit a two-run walk-off single, while junior pitcher Cameron Smith threw five scoreless innings in relief. The Raiders moved to 5-0 on their current eight-game homestand with a three-game tilt coming up this weekend against Prairie View A&M.

Freshman Stephen Smith,
from local Frendship High School, hit a walk-off two-RBI single to lift Texas Tech past Dallas Baptist 5-4 on Tuesday afternoon at Dan Law Field.

Texas Tech (29-11) started off by giving Dallas Baptist a 4-0 lead in the third inning but the pitching staff then shut them out the rest of the game. Starting pitcher Matt Withrow allowed seven hits, four runs and one walk. Cameron Smith came in to relieve Withrow getting the Red Raiders out of the jam in the third and shut down the Patriots for five innings.

"The guys just kept playing," Tadlock said. "Cameron and Dom gave us a chance to come back. Those guys did a great job pitching and putting up zeros."

The Red Raiders came up with runs in the fourth and fifth innings making it a close game. Texas Tech was able to get on base with multiple lead off walks and in the fourth inning they capitalized on that scoring one run and again in the fifth scoring two runs.

Texas Tech only accounted for four hits but made them all count. The bench was able to come through at the end of the game to help get the win. No one more than Smith, who drove in three runs and scored another. His clutch walk-off two-RBI single drove in Devon Conley who was pinch running and fellow freshman Anthony Lyons.

"It was a big confidence booster for me," Smith said. "I haven't had any of these when I played in high school ball at Friendship. This is what a kid dreams about."

The Red Raiders added after the game their confidence is continuing to build, especially after a win like this.

"There is definitely a sense in our dugout that we are going to keep playing and play nine innings," Tadlock said. "We got to get to work when the opportunity arises."

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