Tech wins seventh-straight, defeats Iowa
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IOWA CITY, Iowa – The No. 17 Texas Tech baseball team won its series opener at Iowa, 11-3, on Saturday afternoon at Duane Banks Field. The series was scheduled to get underway on Friday, but weather forced the nonconference pairing into a two-game series that will wrap up on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The win on Saturday marked the Red Raiders’ seventh-straight and improved their season record to 17-3 as well as pushing their record in true road games to 5-0. During the current win streak, TTU has scored in double-digits in four of the last seven contests.

Tech piled on a Saturday-high four runs in the eighth inning to put the game well out of reach, but it was a three-run, two-out rally in the fourth and a Hudson White web gem in the home half of the fifth that separated the Big 12 and Big Ten foes.

Easton Murrell joined Dillon Carter as batters to lead off a game from the leadoff spot to hit a home run this season. Murrell hit a no-doubter on a 3-1 pitch over the right-field wall registered at 434 feet. In the second, with the bases loaded, Tech capitalized on an Iowa throwing error to home plate off a Ty Coleman infield grounder that would have been a force-out but the errant throw allowed two runs to score to give TTU a 3-0 lead. The error was compounded by the fact Coleman popped up in foul territory earlier in the at-bat and the ball fell in between a pair of Hawkeyes.

The Red Raiders doubled their lead to 6-0 in the top of the fourth sparked by Dillon Carter, who tripled with two outs on a sharply hit ball that carried over the left fielder’s head while Carter was in a full sprint from the point the bat hit the ball. Carter scored shortly thereafter on a wild pitch. Murrell would make it 3-for-3 getting on-base on Saturday drawing his second walk on the afternoon following his first-inning home run. Cole Stilwell knocked his first home run of 2022 over the left-field fence to make it a 6-0 game to cap the two-out rally.

Iowa produced one run in the bottom of the fourth to pull within five (6-1), and In the fifth, Iowa managed one more run, but it could have been worse if not for first baseman Hudson White’s dive to the ground to halt a sharply hit ball that limited a bases-loaded hit to one-run scoring when it could have easily cleared the bases had the ball made it through the infield. Parker Kelly also attributed to limiting the damage in the fifth by fielding another grounder and firing to home for a force-out for the first out of the inning.

The Friday-Saturday Red Raiders’ starting pitching duo in Brandon Birdsell and Andrew Morris worked the first eight innings. Birdsell earned the win in five innings in his traditional Saturday starting role, while Morris worked three innings in relief after missing his Friday start due to the game cancelation. Birdsell struck out nine and Morris four more. Kyle Robinson finished the game in the ninth.

Up Next
The Red Raiders finish their short weekend series on Sunday at 1 p.m. and return to Lubbock to host California Baptist on Tuesday before opening conference play at home against Texas next weekend.

–TECH-

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