No. 10 Tech Run-Rules Texas Southern in Midweek Finale

LUBBOCK, Texas – Jace Jung hit two home runs and drove in five RBI as No. 10 Texas Tech baseball ran away with a 15-0 victory in seven innings over Texas Southern on Wednesday afternoon at Rip Griffin Park.

The Red Raiders (5-3) outscored the Tigers, 29-2, in the two-game midweek sweep and posted its first shutout of the season on Wednesday while limiting the Tigers to three hits.

The win completes a perfect 5-0 home stand for the Red Raiders, who swept Houston Baptist last weekend. Tech outscored its two opponents, 66-8, with double-digit run output in four of the five contests.

Jung, Cal Conley and Easton Murrell led the charge on Wednesday with multi-hit bids as the Red Raiders finished with 13 hits as a team. Jung went 3-for-4 with three extra-base hits, Conley went 3-for-5 with three RBI and a dinger of his own, and Murrell added a 2-for-3 effort with two doubles and three RBI.

It was Murrell who got the scoring started for the Red Raiders in an eight-run second inning, ripping a two-run double to right field for a 2-0 lead. Jung added on with a three-run home run to left center that made it 6-0 and the Red Raiders would pile on from there as 12 batters came to the plate in the frame. The eight-run inning matched its largest of the season.

As he did Friday against HBU, Jung homered in consecutive innings, going yard again in the third with a two-run blast. He homered in both games against the Tigers and now leads the Big 12 in both home runs (5) and RBI (15).

Tech did all of its scoring in four consecutive innings, adding three more in the fourth and two in the fifth to build a 15-0 lead through five. In the fourth, Conley hit a two-run homer that sailed over the home bullpen, and Murrell recorded a two-RBI double. The next inning, Conley added an RBI single and freshman Drew Woodcox, who made his first career start, plated a run with a sacrifice fly.

Freshman Chase Hampton (1-0) made his first career start and recovered from a shaky start in the first for a strong three innings of work. Hampton walked the first two batters he saw and a balk moved them to second and third. The right-hander bounced back by striking out the next three who came to the plate, and went on to allow just one more base runner in his nine outs.

Four more freshmen got an inning apiece to help close out the win. Hayde Key struck out one in a clean fourth. Jamie Hitt worked out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the fifth with an infield pop-up and a ground ball double play. Brady LeJeune-DeAcutis struck out the side in the sixth, and Derek Bridges added a pair of strikeouts to close it out in the seventh.

The win improves the Red Raiders to 4-0 all-time against Texas Southern and 71-33 in midweek games under head coach Tim Tadlock. Tech also extends its home winning streak to 17 games dating back to 2019, and its home winning streak against teams outside of the Big 12 to 22 games.

Texas Southern’s Alex Olguin (0-2) received the loss, allowing eight runs, seven earned, on seven hits.

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