LUBBOCK, Texas – The No. 8 Texas Tech baseball team completed the four-game sweep of Northeastern with a 9-4 victory on Sunday afternoon at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
The Red Raiders (21-5) racked up nine runs on 12 hits in the finale against the Huskies (11-9), totaling 56 over the weekend. It was the most runs by a Texas Tech squad since 1999, when the Red Raiders tallied 83 against Howard to begin the year.
Tech's sweep of the Huskies marked the third time this season the Red Raiders have swept a four-game set, doing so against Maine (Feb. 16-18) and then-No. 11 South Alabama (March 2-4). It was the fourth sweep overall by Tech in 2018.
Five Red Raiders produced multi-hit bids at the plate on Sunday, all with two hits each, once again with a representative from each class. Senior Michael Davis, junior Cody Farhat, sophomores Josh Jung & Grant Little and freshman Gabe Holt combined for 10 of Tech's 12 hits.
Junior right-handed pitcher Ryan Shetter got the start on Sunday, tossing 3.0 scoreless frames with two hits, two walks & two strikeouts. Fellow junior righty Ty Harpenau earned the win after hurling 2.2 innings, allowing two hits while striking out five, improving to 3-1 this season. Sophomore RHP Caleb Freeman picked up his third save of the year after pitching the final 3.0 frames, striking out three.
It only took one pitch to put the Red Raiders on the board, as Holt began the first with a solo homer over the right-center field wall for the 1-0 lead. He was the first Red Raider to leadoff a game with a home run since Cory Raley in 2015. It was Holt's third long ball of the year.
Senior Zach Rheams joined the dinger party in the next frame, demolishing a two-run blast off the middle of the videoboard for the 3-0 lead. It was Rheams' fourth homer in five games, scoring Davis after he doubled to begin the second inning.
Farhat became the third-straight Red Raider to reach base to open the inning after an infield single in the third. He'd move over to third after a stolen base & a fly out, putting him in prime position to score on sophomore Grant Little's single to left field with one away. With two away in the inning, Tech's third dinger, this time a two-run bomb from junior Cameron Warren, pushed the advantage to 6-0.
The Huskies cut the lead in half in the fourth after a three-run home run from Solomon. It was Northeastern's first homer of the series.
After a scoreless fifth, the Red Raiders brought home three more runs to push the lead to 9-3. The first five batters reached in the inning, as freshman Cody Masters came screeching home on a single from Farhat for the first run of the frame. Next up was Jung, who blasted the team's fourth homer of the day over the left-center field wall to make it 9-3.
It marked back-to-back games Tech has hit four homers in a game and the third time this season.
Northeastern got one back in the eight behind a solo homer from Farrell, cutting the deficit to 9-4.
The Red Raiders hit the road for a midweek battle at New Mexico State on Tuesday, March 27, at 3 p.m. CDT at Presley Askew Field in Las Cruces.