Five-Run 5th Inning Boosts Tech to Series Win

<p>No. 22 Texas Tech scored five runs in the fifth inning; junior Madison Edwards' 3-for-4 performance included RBI in an 11-5 win over Northern Iowa Sunday afternoon at Dan Law Field that gave Tech the series 2-1. Northern Iowa (4-6) took advantage of a junior left-hander Dustin Richardson's bad start as the Panthers scored two runs in the top of the first inning. Richardson issued three walks, and advanced runners on two wild pitches.

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.

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