No. 10 Tech Rolls Texas Southern in Midweek Opener

LUBBOCK, Texas – Right-handed pitchers Micah Dallas and Andrew Devine combined for seven shutout innings, and Jace Jung and Dylan Neuse drove in four runs apiece as No. 10 Texas Tech baseball rolled to a 14-2 midweek win over Texas Southern on Tuesday at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.

It’s the fourth win in a row for the Red Raiders (4-3), who outhit the Tigers, 14-4, in the contest. Tech has recorded double-digit hits in each game during its four-game home stand.

The scoring started early as Tech plated two in the first and another in the third to carry a 3-0 lead through two. It was a 6-0 game at the stretch before the Red Raiders blew open the game with a seven-run seventh that made it a 13-0 advantage. It marked the fourth time during the home stand Tech has scored at least seven runs in an inning as Tech sent 13 batters to the plate in the frame.

The win improves the Red Raiders to 3-0 all-time against Texas Southern and 70-33 in midweek games under head coach Tim Tadlock. Tech also extends its home winning streak to 16 games dating back to 2019, and its home winning streak against teams outside of the Big 12 to 21 games.

Jung and Neuse led seven Red Raiders who recorded a hit Tuesday, including four with multi-hit games. Jung went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI and four runs, Neuse went 4-for-5 with two doubles and four RBI, Dru Baker went 3-for-4 with three runs and Kurt Wilson added a pair of hits and two RBI.

For Jung, the home run was his third of the year and moves him into a tie for the team-lead with Nate Rombach. Jung’s two-run shot in the sixth extended the lead to 6-0. He scored a career-high four runs and racked up his second game this season with four RBI.

Neuse’s four hits were a season high for the Red Raiders this season. It also marked his first career multi-double game as he now has 19 for his career. He cleared the bases with a three-run double during Tech’s seven-run seventh. In his last two games, Neuse is hitting 6-for-11 with a triple, two doubles and seven RBI.

Baker has quietly put together a strong stretch at the plate from the leadoff spot. He’s hit safely in 6-of-7 games this season, including four multi-hit games, three of which have come during Tech’s home stand. He is now tied for the team-lead with 12 hits and ranks second on the team with a .387 average.

On the mound, Dallas earned his first win of the year behind 5.0 shutout innings with eight strikeouts and only two hits allowed. Dallas worked out of some early command issues by sitting down six batters through his first three innings.

Devine came in to relieve Dallas in the sixth and worked two scoreless innings. He received some help in the sixth from a pair of nice defensive plays as a leadoff walk attempted to score after a throw to second on a steal attempt made it to center field, but Neuse came up firing and preserved the shutout with a play at the plate. The Red Raiders later turned a 6-4-3 double play to end the frame, and Devine struck out the side in the seventh.

Freshman Brandon Beckel made his collegiate debut in the eighth, and gave up a two-out double that scored the Tigers’ first run of the afternoon. Fellow freshman Nick Gorby pitched the ninth.

Texas Southern’s Bryson Armstrong (0-2) received the loss, allowing three runs on four hits in 3.0 innings. The Tigers (0-8) were led offensively by Oscar Ponce, who went 2-for-2 with two walks and recorded his team’s lone RBI of the game.

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