LUBBOCK, Texas – The No. 3 Texas Tech baseball team capped a four-game series sweep of No. 11 South Alabama with a 9-7 victory on Sunday afternoon at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
The Red Raiders (13-0) earned their first four-game sweep of a ranked opponent since 1996 over the weekend, taking down the Jaguars (7-6) by scores of 8-1, 14-2 & 5-2 in the first three games of the set.
Five Tech student-athletes put together multi-hit games, with senior Michael Davis, junior Cameron Warren & sophomore Grant Little all producing three-hit bids at the plate. Davis also had two RBI and three runs scored, while Little & Warren each had an RBI and two runs scored.
Freshman right-hander Ryan Sublette picked up his first career start on Sunday afternoon. The Lemont, Illinois, native tossed 3.0 innings, allowing two runs on two hits, both unearned, walking three and striking out two.
Senior righty Jose Quezada took over in the fourth and tossed 2.0 innings, earning the win to improve to 2-0 this year. Sophomore RHP's John Henry Gonzalez & Caleb Freeman tossed the final 4.0 innings, helping Tech to a 13-0 start to the 2018 season.
The Red Raiders put the first runs of the afternoon on the board in Sunday's contest, plating two in the second inning. Little kicked off the scoring with his third homer of the year, sending a solo shot over the left-center field wall for the 1-0 lead. It was the first of three-straight hits in the frame, as Davis & Warren followed with back-to-back doubles, trading places with each other to score the second run of the inning.
South Alabama got the runs back on an error in the top of the third, evening the score at two. With runners on first & second and two out, an infield single & and error on the throw allowed both runners to cross home unearned to tie the game.
The two teams traded runs from there, as a Holt triple off the left field wall and a sacrifice fly from Wilson in the bottom half of the inning gave Tech the lead again at 3-2. Then, the Jags knotted it up at three on a fielder's choice in the top of the fourth.
In the bottom of the fourth, Tech opened up a four-run inning, re-taking the lead and adding some insurance at 7-3. With one out, five-straight hits produced four runs for the Red Raiders. A single from Little was fulfilled by Davis, who lifted a two-run homer into the visiting bullpen to take back the lead. It was his third home run of the year.
Warren immediately with a single to left field, then was moved up to second on a wild pitch, putting him in perfect position for Farhat to drive him in with a double to the gap in left-center field. Farhat would soon come across home plate after Willems recorded his first RBI of the season on a single up the middle, pushing the advantage to 7-3.
The offense got rolling again in the sixth with Warren, who shot a double down the left field line to open the frame. A sacrifice bunt from Farhat moved him up to third, then a single from Holt scored Warren to make it 8-4.
The Jags would get one back in the seventh, as the Red Raiders exchanged a double play with a run to put two away in the frame. A triple from Russo opened the inning, then a walk put runners on the corners, setting up the 6-3 double play to erase two and make it 8-4. Perkins followed in the eighth with a solo homer to cut the deficit to 8-5.
Tech would increase the lead to 9-5 on a wild pitch in the eighth inning. The Jags would threaten in the ninth as the first four batters reached via three-straight walks & a single from Davis, with the latter scoring one run to make it 9-6. A sacrifice fly from Sandle put one out on the board but brought in another run to cut deficit to 9-7. However, sophomore righty Caleb Freeman induced a double play shortly after to end the game and complete the sweep.
The Red Raiders wrap up the five-game home stand on Wednesday, March 7, at 1 p.m. against New Mexico at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.