No.3 Tech completes sweep over Kentucky with 19-4 win

No.3 Tech completes sweep over Kentucky with 19-4 win

LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 3 Texas Tech baseball finished off a three-game sweep of Kentucky with a 19-4 win Sunday in the series finale at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
 
The Red Raiders (5-1) recorded season highs of 19 runs, 19 hits and 13 walks to capture their fifth straight win of the season. With a 7-4 win Friday and a 10-7 win Saturday, Tech finished with 36 runs during the three-game set against the Wildcats (3-3).
 
With the sweep, Texas Tech improves to 4-2 all-time against Kentucky after dropping two of three to the Wildcats in Lexington last season. Head coach Tim Tadlock improves to 9-9 all-time against current members of the SEC.
 
"I really enjoyed the fans coming out today," Tadlock said. "I got a kick out of the video of the student body last night at the basketball game. I heard that they supported the guys at the track meet, and we won a Big 12 Championship in track this week. Had a big basketball win. I think the biggest takeaway for me is that the student body is doing a great job supporting these guys. You could see that early today, I wouldn't blame them for leaving today when it got a little bit chillier. That's probably the biggest thing – people supporting us, and we appreciate that."
 
Freshman left-hander Mason Montgomery was impressive in his second start, tossing 5.0 innings and giving up two runs on two hits with five strikeouts. He kept the Wildcats at bay after the second inning, which allowed Tech to turn a 2-2 deadlock into a 12-2 advantage.
 
For the third-straight game, Tech posted a six-run inning, doing so on Sunday in the third. A three-run homer from freshman Tanner O'Tremba broke the tie, and Tech would add three more with senior Cameron Warren scoring on a wild pitch and junior Brian Klein connecting with a two-run single.
 
Tech made it 10 unanswered runs with four more in the fourth. Freshman Max Marusak drove in his first-career RBI with a sacrifice fly to right, then Tech would add RBI singles from the trio of freshman Dru Baker, junior Josh Jung and Klein.
 
Kentucky plated a run in the top of the sixth before Tech erased any doubt with three runs in the sixth and four more in the seventh.
 
Klein went 4-for-7 at the plate to match his career high and lead six Red Raiders with multi-hit games. He added four RBI and two runs scored, while O'Tremba led Tech with seven RBI after an impressive 3-for-5 showing, including the second dinger of his career.
 
Jung and Baker also had three-hit games with Jung going 3-for-3 with four walks, two RBI and two runs while Baker added a 3-for-6 effort with a walk, an RBI and four runs scored. With a walk in his final plate appearance Saturday, Jung has reached base safely in eight consecutive trips to the plate. 
 
Kentucky's Jaren Shelby led the Wildcats at the plate, compiling two of their four hits in the contest. Freshman starter Dillon Marsh took the loss as he was responsible for six earned runs on six hits and five walks in 2.0 innings.
 
The Red Raiders close their seven-game home stand on Tuesday, Feb. 26, in a midweek tilt with New Mexico State. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. from Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.

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