While Molina was dealing, the Red Raiders’ offense wasted no time providing run support by scoring three runs in the second inning. Kurt Wilson provided the first of his team-best three base hits in the second, kick-starting the frame with a double. He finished 3-for-4 from the plate, reaching base in his first three plate appearances.
Hudson White and Parker Kelly provided two more Texas Tech base hits in the second inning to help push across the three runs. With Wilson and White on base, a pair of Kansas State errors allowed Wilson to score the game’s first run (watch). Kelly knocked home White with an RBI single (watch), and Kelly came around to score after a failed pick-off attempt of him stealing second base (watch) ended with the ball in the outfield.
Tech came close to busting the game wide open in the fifth using a two-out rally. Easton Murrell and Cole Stilwell each hit singles while Jace Jung was intentionally walked. Ty Coleman went down with a fly-out on a day his team-best 20-game on-base streak ended.
The Red Raiders would not be denied the following inning as Dillon Carter provided a two-out triple with a pair of baserunners aboard to give Tech a 5-0 lead (watch). Wilson singled but was out on a fielder’s choice allowing White on the base pads. Kelly drew a two-out walk which was followed by the two-RBI triple. Tech finished the game 3-for-7 (.429) hitting with runners in scoring position.
Andrew Devine earned the final out of the seventh, while Derek Bridges and Austin Becker also aided the relief effort to clinch Tech’s third-straight opening-round win in the Big 12 Championship.
Texas Tech Head Coach Tim Tadlock
On Mason Molina’s presence…
“He pitched ahead in the count. It was strike one for most of the day. He was ahead of most hitters. He commanded the fastball and both off-speed pitches. He’s always had mound presence, but when he pitches ahead in the count it makes it tough on guys.”
On starting the tournament with a win…
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