TTU Baseball wins home opener, 8-4

LUBBOCK, Texas— The No. 20 Texas Tech baseball team prevailed over Dallas Baptist, 8-4, on Tuesday afternoon at Rip Griffin Park. The game hung in the balance until the home team broke a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the seventh and added three more in the eighth.

The Red Raiders’ top of the order – Dillon Carter, Cole Stilwell, and Ty Coleman – provided the offense, accounting for seven of the team’s 10 hits. Carter led the team with three hits, going 3-for-4, and three runs scored while Stilwell and Coleman both went 2-for-4. All three drew one walk apiece. Coleman provided a team-best four RBIs and Stilwell knocked home two.

Jace Jung made his presence known too. Jung worked two at-bats for walks, provided a single, and an RBI. The RBI was the go-ahead run in the seventh, working a two-out at-bat with the bases loaded to score Carter.

In the eighth, a two-out rally sparked the offense once again. With the bases loaded, Stilwell hit a single up the middle to score Hudson White to advance each runner  and Coleman followed on the next at-bat with a two-RBI single to grow Texas Tech’s lead to 8-4.

On the mound, Chase Hampton had a strong five-inning start for the Red Raiders. He was charged with three earned runs and allowed four hits. He struck out five and walked two. Dallas Baptist jumped on him in the fourth for a three-run home run to bring the game to a 4-3 contest, but he remained strong in the start.

He was relieved by Brendan Girton and Trendan Parish, who both put together impressive relief innings. Girton gave two innings worth of work which led to one hit and three strikeouts. Parish, in the final two innings, earned a save retiring all six batters he faced, striking out three.

Early on, the Red Raiders’ offense exploded in the third for four runs. The inning started with five consecutive hits before the offense was quickly halted with a 6-4-3 double play and an unassisted groundout to first base.

DBU scored three in the fourth and tied the game, 4-4, in the seventh. A one-out walk in the seventh, quickly turned into a runner on third base following a steal and a throwing error on the attempt to steal second. A sacrifice fly safely brought home the tying run.

Quotable
Tadlock Opening Statement
“I thought the guys showed a lot of maturity today. I thought Chase Hampton, (Brendan) Girton, (Trendan) Parish, all three of those guys threw really good. I thought the lineup had good at-bats, top to bottom. Played a good, clean game.”

Tadlock on Texas Tech’s hitting
“I thought the guys did a great job with laying off some tough pitches and staying in the strike zone. Those are guys they count on every day, DBU is a good team. Those guys can pitch, they can mix, and our guys just did a better job with their approach today.”

Up Next
The Red Raiders will stay home to host a series with Kent State, Feb. 25-27. First pitches for Friday and Saturday are set for 2 p.m. and Sunday’s is 1 p.m.

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Release provided by MATT BURKHOLDER Texas Tech Athletics

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