LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech baseball team finished game two of the annual Red & Black series with an 11-3 victory by the Black squad on Wednesday afternoon at Rip Griffin Park.
The Black team (1-1) evened the series with the Red squad (1-1) after rattling off 13 runs on 11 hits in the seven-inning matchup. Three Red Raiders on the Black team produced multi-hit days, including junior catcher Zayne Willems and senior outfielder Connor Beck, who had four and three knocks on the day, respectively.
Junior right-handed pitcher Davis Martin picked up the victory after going 3.0 frames of one-hit ball in Wednesday's start. He tallied two strikeouts after facing 10 batters over the first three innings of play.
When Martin first took the mound, he had a one-run lead to work with, which then morphed into a 4-0 advantage by the time his day was done. The black squad scored in each of the first five innings of the game, building a 7-0 lead before the Red team got on the board.
A sacrifice fly from sophomore Michael Berglund in the first inning plated freshman Gabe Holt, who led off the game with a single. In the second frame, sophomore Grant Little shot a single that resulted in two more runs after an error, bringing in Holt again and Willems for the 3-0 advantage. Another error in the third made it a quick 4-0 mark, while a bases-clearing triple from Willems in the fourth made it 7-0 for the Black squad.
The Red team put their first runs on the board thanks to a two-run homer from junior Cameron Warren. The blast brought around sophomore Brian Klein, who opened the inning with a walk.
However, Black had its best scoring output of the day in the fifth inning behind a four-spot to increase its lead to 11-2. An RBI groundout plated Holt for the third time, while Little scored shortly after on a passed ball. The Black squad followed with four consecutive hits, a single from freshman Kurt Wilson, a double from sophomore Michael Berglund, a double from Beck and a single from Willems to plate two more.
Red added one more in the final frame behind an RBI groundout to round out the day's score at 11-3.
The series is now a three-game set as game three is slated for a 3 p.m. first pitch on Friday, Nov. 3, at Rip Griffin Park.