EDINBURG, Texas – The No. 3 Texas Tech baseball team polished off its South Texas road swing with a 3-1 victory over the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday afternoon at UTRGV Stadium in Edinburg.
The Red Raiders (9-0) recorded three runs on nine hits against the Vaqueros (5-4), using a three-run home run from senior infielder Michael Davis to improve to 9-0 this season. The Tech pitching staff as a unit gave up just one run on six hits, did not issue a walk, and struck out 15 Vaqueros.
Junior right-handed pitcher Ryan Shetter started Tuesday’s contest, going 5.1 innings for his second win of the year. The Friendswood native rung up eight Vaqueros, one off his season-high, while allowing just one run on five hits.
He gave way to senior righty Jose Quezada, who closed out the sixth-inning with a pair of strikeouts. In the seventh, Quezada worked around two runners in scoring position with a shallow fly out to right field & a groundout to keep the Red Raiders in front. He would finish his day with another scoreless frame in the eighth, capping off a five-strikeout, one-hit outing.
Sophomore RHP Caleb Freeman picked up the save after a 1-2-3 ninth inning, filled with two strikeouts & a grounder to improve Tech to 9-0 on the year.
The Vaqueros put the first run of the day on the board in the bottom half of the first. Grubbs began the frame with a double to left-center field, then moved over to third in the next at-bat on a wild pitch. After a strikeout for the first out, Estrella snuck a single past the left side of the infield to push across Grubbs for the 1-0 lead.
It wouldn’t last long though, as the Red Raiders gained control of the lead with three runs in their next trip to the plate. Little & Warren opened the second inning with back-to-back singles, then were moved into scoring position after an errant pickoff attempt at second base. The error wouldn’t matter as Davis made him pay with his second homer of the season, launching a three-run blast past the scoreboard in left-center field give Tech the advantage.
It was the first game of the road trip Tech had homered, ending a three-game dinger drought. It would cap all of the scoring the two teams would accomplish in the first meeting between the two programs since 2009.
The Red Raiders return home for a four-game set against No. 11 South Alabama, beginning Friday, March 2, at 6:30 p.m., at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.