LUBBOCK, Texas – The No. 9 Texas Tech baseball team dropped its first home midweek game of the year against Dallas Baptist, 10-4, on Tuesday night at Rip Griffin Park.
The Red Raiders (35-15) came up short vs. the Patriots (32-15) after giving up five runs in the opening frame, while finishing the night with four runs on seven hits. Three of Tech’s hits came from sophomore Josh Jung, who drove in all four of the Red Raiders’ runs in the contest.
Sophomore right-handed pitcher John McMillon started Tuesday night’s game against DBU and moved to 4-3 on the season. McMillon tossed 4.0 innings and allowed six runs, four earned, on six hits, walking four with six strikeouts. He was relieved by sophomore RHP Caleb Freeman, who worked 2.0 scoreless frames, allowing just one base runner on a walk, while striking out three.
DBU struck first in the opening frame for a 5-0 lead. After a pair of singles to begin the game & a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases, a sacrifice fly from Duce brought in the first run of the night. With the bases loaded again, Alexander brought in two with an RBI single, then an error and a passed ball scored the other two runs for a five-run first inning.
Tech got one back in the bottom of the first to make it 5-1. Freshman Gabe Holt kicked off the frame with a walk & stolen base, then an infield single from Jung brought him flying around third to score Tech’s first run of the night. However, in the fourth inning, DBU pushed the lead back to five after scoring on a wild pitch with the bases loaded.
The Red Raiders cut the deficit to three in the fifth inning after scoring two runs in the frame. Sophomore Clay Koelzer & Holt both reached to begin the frame after a single & walk, respectively, then Jung roped a one-out double to the gap in left-center field to make it 6-3.
In the seventh inning, Tech traded a double play for a run to push the DBU lead to 7-3. Tech countered in the bottom of the inning with a run of their own, coming off a single from Jung that scored Koelzer, who walked to begin the inning. But a two-run homer from Glowenke in DBU’s next trip to the plate & a solo home run from Wolforth in the eighth made it 10-4.
The Red Raiders will take a break to focus on final exams before heading to Stillwater to wrap the regular season against Oklahoma State on May 17-19 at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.