Texas Tech (14-2) answered in the bottom of the first by scoring a single run on an RBI single by junior right fielder Madison Edwards. Edwards plated senior shortstop Cameron Blair who led off the inning with a left field double.
The Panthers chased away Richardson in the top of the second after a leadoff single and a one-out walk by Mark Frieske. Junior left-hander Carleton Hargrove came out of the bullpen for the Red Raiders but he could not stop the damage as he allowed a two-RBI single by Patrick Moran that pushed the Northern Iowa lead to 4-1.
Down 5-1 in the bottom of the fifth, the Texas Tech offense came to life as the Red Raiders scored five runs on five hits and a hit-batter. Senior second baseman Carey Avants gave Tech the lead at 6-5 when he laced a two-RBI single through the right side.
Tech extended its lead to 9-5 in the bottom of the sixth as the Red Raiders plated three runs on three walks, a hit-batter, two wild pitches and two sacrifice flies. Tech tacked on two-more runs in the bottom of the eighth on a two-out RBI triple by Edwards and an RBI single by center fielder Cody Fuller.
Zach Butler was credited with the win for Texas Tech and improved to 2-0 on the season while Zach Jevne (0-1) took the loss for Northern Iowa in what was his first appearance of the season. Jevne allowed four earned runs on two hits and lasted just 2/3 of an inning.
Texas Tech now begins a five-game road trip and the Red Raiders will be facing three opponents (USC, Wichita State and TCU) that are currently ranked in the Top-25. Tech kicks off the road stretch on Tuesday night in Fort Worth as the Red Raiders will battle the 25th-ranked TCU Horned Frogs at Lupton Stadium. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.