Conley, Monteverde power Tech to 8-0 win over Sam Houston State on Saturday
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HOUSTON – Patrick Monteverde threw seven shutout innings, and Cal Conley hit a grand slam in the top of the seventh as No. 10 Texas Tech baseball ran away with an 8-0 win over Sam Houston State on Saturday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.
The Red Raiders (7-3) have now won seven consecutive games and move to 2-0 on the weekend at the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic. Tech also retakes the all-time series lead against the Bearkats at 7-6 in the first meeting between the two clubs since the 2017 Lubbock Regional.
The Tech pitching staff earned its second three-hit shutout in the last three games as Monteverde (2-0) struck out nine in his 7.0 innings of work, while Levi Wells and Ryan Sublette each received an inning in relief. The trio sat down the final 12 Bearkats in order.
The only scoring threat by the Bearkats came in the third inning as a leadoff double and a balk put a man at third with no outs. Monteverde responded by striking out the next three he faced to hold a 1-0 lead at the time.
Tech got on the board in the top of the third as Parker Kelly singled and advanced to third thanks to an error and a Dru Baker single. With one away, Jace Jung brought Kelly in with a sacrifice fly to left field.
It remained a 1-0 game until the seventh inning, when the Red Raiders exploded for six runs. RBI singles from Jung and Dylan Neuse made it a 3-0 game before Conley unloaded on a 3-1 pitch into the upper deck in right field that extended the lead to 7-0 after seven. The Red Raiders tacked on one more in the eighth on a Baker RBI double.
Conley finished 2-for-5 to lead seven different Red Raiders who compiled hits on Saturday. He leads the team with seven multi-hit games this season. Saturday’s grand slam was the first of his career and the second by a Red Raider this year.
Bearkat starter Matt Dillard kept his club in it as he allowed the Red Raiders to score one run on three hits through his 6.0 innings pitched. The Red Raiders threatened to chase him in the fifth, working the bases loaded with one out, but a strikeout and groundout helped carry the Bearkats into the seventh down just a run.
Monteverde, meanwhile, is up to 18.0 innings pitched without allowing a run this season. He now has back-to-back starts of 7.0 innings pitched with nine strikeouts, no walks and three or fewer hits allowed.
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