No. 23 Texas Tech finished off a 40-win regular season with its third straight Big 12 series sweep at home with a 4-0 shutout over West Virginia on Saturday afternoon in front of 2,509 fans at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
It marked the Red Raiders (40-16, 14-10 Big 12) first 40-win season since 2004 while breaking a school record with 14 straight home wins to complete a regular season. Tech also assured itself of at least a share for fourth place in the Big 12 standings, also a first for Tech since 2004.
West Virginia (27-24, 9-14 Big 12) completes its regular season with its seventh straight loss – all coming on the road.
Freshman left-handed pitcher Dylan Dusek (6-0) earned the win pitching 6.2 scoreless innings – his fifth scoreless start of the season – allowing five hits and three walks with a strikeout. In fact, Dusek became the first Red Raider freshman to win six games in a season since 2006 (Miles Moran, 6-7).
Mountaineers starting pitcher John Means (6-2) took just his second loss of the season allowing four runs on 10 hits in 6.1 innings with two strikeouts and two walks allowed.
Senior outfielder Adam Kirsch led the Red Raiders at the plate going 2-for-3 with three runs scored and hitting his ninth home run of the season. Kirsch hit a solo blast to lead off the second inning for the first run of the game.
Kirsch walked and scored in the fourth inning while crossing home plate on junior shortstop Tim Proudfoot's sacrifice fly. He also led off the sixth inning with a single to right center field and later scored on Proudfoot's groundball double play.
Tech scored its final run of the game in the seventh inning as second baseman Bryant Burleson tripled to right center and then scored a batter later on sophomore outfielder Tyler Neslony's RBI single up the middle. Burleson went 2-for-4 and Neslony extended his career-long hit streak to 16 games – which is tied with Burleson's hit streak as the longest by a Red Raider this season.
Sophomore third baseman Alec Humphreys went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and senior center fielder Devon Conley went 2-for-3 while recording his 27th career multi-hit game.
Junior right-handed pitcher Dominic Moreno picked up his second save of the season pitching 2.1 scoreless innings allowing just two hits with a strikeout.
The Red Raiders will now shift their focus to the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in Oklahoma City where they will take on Texas in first-round action on Wednesday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Bricktown Ballpark in downtown OKC.
Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship all-session tickets are available starting at $87 for terrace reserved. Weekend passes are also available starting at $67, which includes up to seven games (four Friday, two Saturday, and Sunday's Championship final). All-session tickets include all games, including the if-necessary games, totaling 15 contests. Single-session tickets are also available.
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