Texas Tech bounced back and swept Baylor this weekend putting them one win away from leading the conference.
For the first time since February the Red Raiders (22-14, 7-5) won more than two games in a row this weekend and had many guys step up to the plate, literally. This weekend’s offensive performance was the best so far this season against a Big 12 opponent with 36 hits.
In the first game, Texas Tech won 8-4 and had a total of 14 hits. Everyone up and down the line up contributed and had at least one hit. In the first inning alone both Tyler Neslony and Eric Gutierrez got RBIs.
That offensive performance made starting pitcher Ryan Moseley (3-3 ERA: 2.84) comfortable enough to throw a career high of eight strikeouts. Moseley had his second straight solid performance on the mound going for six innings allowing one run on four hits.
Note that Tim Tadlock switched the lineup up this game, like he has through out the whole season and put catcher Tyler Floyd in the two-hole. Floyd flourished in that spot and got two walks and a perfect bunt. He overall walked five times this weekend.
Game 3 was a little more challenging and took Tech 12 innings to wrap it up. Even though Tech still won 3-2, they couldn't get guys across the plate. There were a total of 16 guys left on base and back-to-back innings where they left the bases loaded.
In that game, Quinn Carpenter, the designated hitter, stepped up with a two run homer to tie the game in the second inning. After that one Carpenter was averaging .361.
Another bright spot of this offense is walks, and that really shined on Saturday. The team had a total of nine walks on Saturday and Stephen Smith leads the conference with 32 this season. Right behind him is Eric Gutierrez with 31 on the season.
The pitching staff made sure that Baylor would not get guys across either. Cameron Smith started and went for six innings and allowed two runs on three hits and walked four guys.
Corey Taylor pitched just over five shut out innings in relief and only allowed three hits. He walked off the mound with an ERA of 0.20.
Texas Tech was looking to get the sweep in the last game of the series, and they called on Dylan Dusek who has been working through an injury to do the job.
He did just that and Texas Tech won 9-4. Dusek went for four innings and allowed one run in the first inning but once the offense put up some runs he settled in and pitch three straight shutout innings.
Tadlock said after the game that he wish Dusek could have been more efficient but he is working to get there but overall it was good to see him out there.
Stephen Smith batted in the three-hole all weekend and set the tone for the Tech offense in the last game by getting a home run with a guy on base. That was his second of the series and his fourth one in the last seven games.
Another guy who took full advantage of his opportunity at starting all three games was Zach Davis. In the last game of the series he had career high of three doubles and batted in three runners putting him at a .354 batting average.
After the game Zach Davis said the key to his success was not trying to do too much. He added that it was huge for this team to get a sweep this weekend because of the road games ahead of them.
This sweep should give the momentum they need to take on Abilene Christian in a midweek game and to travel to Kansas State, who just pulled off a series win against TCU.
“We go on the road next week and that will be a challenge for us, but yeah you might make up a little ground winning three,” Tadlock said.
Texas Tech Sweeps Baylor
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