BILOXI, Miss. – The No. 17 Texas Tech baseball team bounced back Wednesday, defeating No. 23 Mississippi State 7-2 to split the midweek showdown at MGM Park. The Red Raiders improve to 11-3 and have won 10 of their last 11 games.
Similar to Tuesday night when Mississippi State used a big scoring inning to gain control, Texas Tech returned the favor on Wednesday jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the second inning.
Parker Kelly continued his unprecedented tear, ripping his third grand slam (watch), and fifth overall home run, in the last five days to give Texas Tech a 4-0 lead. The last Red Raider to log three grand slams in a single season was Cameron Blair in 2004 and 2005, respectively. The long ball continued to provide the run support in the frame as Dillon Carter recorded a solo HR to increase the Red Raiders’ lead to 5-0 before Mississippi State retired the inning.
Jamie Hitt picked up his first career start on a day Tech leaned on its bullpen. The redshirt freshman was on the hill for a career-long outing of 4.0 innings and was credited with his first career win. He pitched a no-hitter, allowing just three baserunners (one walk and two hit-by-pitch), and kept MSU off the scoreboard while striking out four.
Hitt, and his relief pitcher Colin Clark held Mississippi State without a hit until the sixth inning, as the first hit was allowed to the second batter following a walk. The hit was a double that produced the Bulldogs’ first run and Clark was lifted in favor of Jase Lopez to finish the inning. The Bulldogs manufactured the double into a run to narrow Texas Tech’s lead to 5-2, but that would be the last time MSU found home plate on this night.
All of the Tech’s runs scored were via the home run ball until Kurt Wilson manufactured the Red Raiders some insurance in the eighth. He led off the inning with his fifth career triple (watch) and cashed in on the leadoff hit scoring on a wild pitch to grow the Red Raiders lead to 6-2.
Wilson spearheaded a second insurance run in the ninth as he singled through the left side (watch) with runners on first and second base. Ryan Brome was hit-by-pitch to begin the inning and Cole Stilwell recorded his second hit of the game in the inning.
Texas Tech travels from Biloxi to Houston on Thursday and begins a three-game series at Rice on Friday. First pitch is 6:30 p.m. from Reckling Park.
Release provided by MATT BURKHOLDER Texas Tech Athletics