Texas Takes Series From Tech, Goes For Sweep

Texas took a pair from visiting Texas Tech at Dish-Falk Field Saturday, capped by a 10-1 shellacking that followed the completion of Friday's suspended ballgame.

RHP Adrian Alaniz (9-2) had complete control of his curveball all afternoon to help limit Tech batters to four hits. The junior scattered three hits, fanned seven and walked one to earn the win in seven innings of work.

Earlier in the day, RHP Randy Boone walked one before recording the final out to complete the 7-2 win after Friday's game was suspended by a storm.

No. 6 Texas raised its record to 30-10 and remained atop Big 12 standings with an 11-3 mark in league play. The Horns have now won all five Big 12 Conference series it has played this season and will now look for its first sweep since opening league play against Baylor in mid-March.

Longhorn batters swatted 14 hits during Saturday's regularly scheduled contest and committed no errors on an afternoon when a stiff, northwesterly breeze turned pop flies into an adventure for outfielders. Chance Wheeless extended his hitting streak to 17 games (No. 8 all-time UT) by going 2-for-3, including a two-run homer. It mark's the program's third-longest hitting streak since 2000, trailing only Drew Stubbs (19) and Omar Quintanilla (18) during that span.

Texas got all the separation it would need from Tech during its first at-bat with a five-hit, five-run frame.

"We got off to a good start in the first inning and that helped Alaniz," Longhorn coach Augie Garrido said. "That helps all pitchers when that happens if they're competitive guys, and he is."

Tech LHP Josh Scofield (6.23 ERA) lasted all of one-third of an inning, giving up four straight hits. Jordan Danks got things started with a lead-off triple, but the big blow was Wheeless' two-run shot over the right field wall. Russell Moldenhaur also plated a couple of runs with a one-out single to center.

"These teams don't recognize -- and I don't care if they know it because it isn't going to change anything -- that everyone sees our lineup and starts left-handed pitchers, and we're hitting 50 points higher against left-handed pitchers than we are against right-handed pitchers," Garrido laughed.

RHP Paul Gonzalez took the hill to close out a rocky first inning for the Red Raiders as Texas sent nine batters to the plate.

The Red Raiders threatened with a leadoff double in the top of fifth, but Kyle Russell's highlight reel, diving grab in shallow right ended the inning. The defensive play roused Longhorn bats during the home-half of the frame.

"Defensive plays do that for sure," Garrido told Inside Texas. "One of the things we have on this team is we do have great athleticism. It's one of the things that really separates our team from some of the others. I think that anyone who's being honest about it would tell you that. We've got good speed with big guys, and that's an interesting combination to have, but where it shows up is on defense. We can play defense with these offensive players at a really high level."

Preston Clark doubled down the left field line, scoring Wheeless who stole second after reaching on a walk. 2B Jason Seefeld's fielding error of Peoples' sharply-hit grounder put runners on the corners with one down. Moldenhaur laced one to right to plate Clark. RHP Collin Auten came on for Gonzalez before Travis Tucker singled to left for Texas' third run of the inning to make it 8-0.

Alaniz had faced just one batter over the minimum through 6.1 innings. Roger Kieschnick's solo-shot over the right-center field wall in the top of the seventh represented Tech's first run and third hit of the contest. But Texas got the run back with Jordan Dank's towering RBI-double to left-center. The Horns completed the scoring with Russell's RBI-single to right field.

RHP Hunter Harris took the mound for Texas in the top of the eighth. After issuing a leadoff double and a walk, Harris retired the side with straight strikeouts. He retired the side in order during the Red Raider ninth to record the save.

The final game of the weekend series is set for 1 p.m., Sunday. LHP Joseph Krebs (4-0, 3.08 ERA) is the projected starter for Texas.

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