Texas Tech unleashed a fury
The Red Raiders (37-16) entered the midweek game after being swept by the Kansas Jayhawks and the first six hitters did not reach base. It would not be long before the Red Raiders cracked the ball game open though.
"I think teams need this every now and then and this one definitely did (after) the weekend we just went through. We were all very acceptable we played bad baseball and didn't deserve to win there, but we know we've got a chance to win every time we step on the field."
Texas Tech outhit the Patriots 16-6. Dallas Baptist (31-17) produced two base runners in the first inning with zero outs, but failed to capitalize.
The scoring got started in the third when Bryant Burleson hit a bloop single to right field to score Anthony Lyons. The next batter, Tyler Neslony, belted a fly ball to left field that hit off the wall to bring in Burleson and Stephen Smith. Neslony would score on a wild pitch to make it 4-0.
Eric Gutierrez would blast the first of his two home runs on the day in the fifth inning. It would be his first career grand slam on a 3-2 pitch. Gutierrez said he was just trying to put the ball in play.
"I was late on the fast ball with two strikes, so I didn't think he was going to throw another one and it just happened. I was just having a two strike at-bat trying to battle and get on base."
Gutierrez would lead the seventh inning off with a solo shot over the left field wall. Stephen Smith also struck gold in the sixth with a solo shot.
The homer to start the seventh would become the start of a six run inning to make the score 15-0.
Dallas Baptist scored all three runs in the ninth inning after a pair of errors.
Tech starter Dylan Dusek did not pitch long enough to gain the win, but Tim Tadlock credits that to the offense.
"Dusek was rolling really good and had to sit over there a long time and went out and walked the leadoff guy. We've had success when we go to the bullpen when those guys are available and we're going to continue to do that."
Dusek and Jonny Drozd (W, 6-0) combined for eight shutout innings and five strikeouts.
Joseph Shaw (L, 3-3) lasted four innings giving up four runs, all earned, on four hits and one walk.
Texas Tech will wait until after finals for their next matchup. The Red Raiders host West Virginia May 15-17.
Tadlock said it's delightful to watch games like the one against Dallas Baptist.
"It's a lot of fun. It's a lot more fun than sitting there and grinding one out when it's close."
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