LUBBOCK, Texas – The No. 3 Texas Tech baseball team scored five runs in the middle frames & held No. 11 South Alabama scoreless in the final six innings to earn a 5-2 victory in game three at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
The Red Raiders (12-0) wrapped the doubleheader by holding the Jaguars (7-5) to just two runs in both games on Saturday afternoon. In the first contest, Tech rolled to a 14-2 win over South Alabama, racking up 16 hits in the process.
In the second game of the day, the Red Raiders had nine hits and five runs, with three multi-hit performances at the plate. Sophomore designated hitter Brian Klein put together his first three-hit bid of the season, which included two RBI and a run scored. Sophomore outfielder Grant Little & freshman infielder Gabe Holt also had two-hit games, increasing their team-leading total of multi-hit games to seven this season.
Senior left-handed pitcher Dylan Dusek made his first start for the Red Raiders this season on Saturday. It was his first start since May 22, 2015, against Baylor at the Big 12 Tournament. The Sugar Land native tossed 4.0 frames, giving up two runs on four hits, walking one and striking out seven.
He gave way to junior righty Ty Harpenau, who entered in the middle of the fifth with a runner on first and issued two strikeouts and induced a grounder to keep the game tied at two. Harpenau picked up his first win of the year after hurling 4.0 scoreless frames, allowing only one hit and striking out six. Sophomore LHP Dane Haveman polished off the ninth to earn his third save of the year.
Just like in the first game of the doubleheader, the Jaguars scored the first run of the day in game two. A pair of singles from Hardy & Swaggerty put runners on the corners for South Alabama, then a balk would move both Jags up to take a 1-0 lead.
The Red Raiders countered and tied the game in the second inning at one. Little roped a one-out single to center field, was moved up to second on a walk, then was driven in by Klein with an RBI single to left-center field.
In the top of the third, the Jaguars re-took the lead thanks to an RBI single from Swaggerty. Powers opened the inning with a double to the gap in left-center field, then was moved over to third on a sacrifice bunt. With two away, Swaggerty brought him in with the hit to right field.
Tech knotted it back up after a passed ball during freshman outfielder Kurt Wilson's at-bat allowed Klein to rush home to pull the score to 2-2. Klein reached base with one out in the frame on a single to center field, then was moved up on a single from Davis and a HBP to Holt.
Klein would be the one driving in the run for the Red Raiders in the fifth, smoking a double to right-center field to give Tech a 3-2 lead. It started with back-to-back singles from Little & junior infielder Cameron Warren to put two on with two away, then after a pitching change, Klein pushed the run across home with his second RBI of the game.
An error in the seventh by the Jags gave Tech some cushion, pushing Tech's advantage to 5-2. During sophomore catcher Clay Koelzer's at-bat, Holt & sophomore infielder Josh Jung took off for third & second bases & caused a throwing error by the catcher, allowing not only Holt to score, but Jung to come all the way from first base to plate two on the play.
The Red Raiders return to action on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. for the finale of the four-game set against the Jaguars.