FORT WORTH – The No. 3 Texas Tech baseball team one-hit TCU on Saturday, completing a 6-0 shutout to even the series at Lupton Stadium.
The Red Raiders (33-11, 11-6) put together the program's first combined one-hitter since Feb. 12, 2012, which was the first game played at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Caleb Kilian & junior righty Ryan Shetter joined forces to hold the Horned Frogs (21-18, 7-9) to just a single in the fifth inning & four walks to become the first duo since Duke Von Schamann & Trey Masek to accomplish the feat.
It was also the fifth shutout of the 2018 campaign, matching the most since five by the 2016 Tech squad.
Kilian dazzled the Fort Worth crowd on Saturday night, carrying a no-hitter into the fifth inning. He finished the night with 6.0-shutout frames of work, giving up just one hit & two walks, while striking out a career-high nine to improve to 7-1 this year.
Kilian has pitched 5.0 or more innings in all six starts of the 2018 season and has won all six as well. He is the first Red Raider starter to allow just one hit in an outing this year.
Junior righty Ryan Shetter relieved Kilian and racked up 3.0 frames of his own to close out the door and earn his third save of the season. The Friendswood native walked two and struck out four in the contest.
Tech broke open the scoring with a four-spot in the third inning for a 4-0 lead. Back-to-back singles from freshmen Braxton Fulford & Gabe Holt put runners on the corners for sophomore Brian Klein, who lifted a sacrifice fly for the first run of the game. It was followed by three-straight hits, an RBI single from sophomore Josh Jung, a double from sophomore Grant Little to put two in scoring position and a bases-clearing single from senior Zach Rheams quickly plated four in the frame.
After a pair of scoreless innings, Tech added two more in the sixth to push the advantage to 6-0. Holt opened the frame with a single, then took second base on a wild pitch. The play set up Klein to trade places with him after a double to the right field wall. Another wild pitch moved Klein over to third, then an RBI groundout from Little tacked on the second run of the inning.
Tech finished the night with 14 hits, with four recording multi-hit bids. It was the 23rd time this season the Red Raiders have totaled 10 or more hits in a game.
The Red Raiders & Horned Frogs wrap the three-game set on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Lupton Stadium on ESPNU.