Texas Tech run-rules SFA 16-4, Tuesday Afternoon

LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech Baseball received a pair of three-run home runs from Gavin Kash (sixth) and Owen Washburn (eighth) to cruise to a 16-4 run-rule victory over Stephen F. Austin Tuesday afternoon at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.

In a game that was moved up to a 12:35 p.m. from the original 6:30 p.m. start time, Texas Tech (18-7) used five runs in the sixth and six runs in the eighth to record the second run-rule victory of the season.

After sophomore Zach Erdman handled the first three innings and recorded the first out of the fourth, the Red Raiders got three and two-thirds from junior Trendan Parish. Parish did not allow a run or walk a batter, as he scattered three hits and punched out six to earn his second win of the season.

Seven of Tech’s nine starters in the lineup drove in at least one run highlighted by multiple RBIs from Kash, Landon Stripling, Drew Woodcox and Tracer Lopez. Lopez went 2-for-4 in the win scoring twice while Woodcox and Stripling each went 1-for-4.

SFA (3-23) struck first on Tuesday, using a pair of doubles and two singles to take a 2-0 lead just two outs into the ballgame.

With runners on second and third, Erdman used a clutch strikeout to limit the damage. The two first inning runs were all the lefty would allow in his 54-pitch outing. The underclassman scattered five hits and struck out two.

After stranding a pair of one-out baserunners in the first, Tech quickly tired the game in the second when Stripling unloaded the bases with a one-out single through the right side that scored Travis Sanders and Kash.

In his first start since Mar. 16 at Baylor, Sanders was on base four times (three walks) and score three times.

Back in a tied ball game, Erdman needed just eight pitches to toss a 1-2-3 third inning, before running into some trouble in the fourth when he allowed a one-out double to Zerick Warre.

Warre was the final batter that Erdman would face, as the Red Raiders called upon Parish who needed just seven pitches to strike out a pair and strand the two-base hit.

The two punchouts swung momentum back in the favor of the Red Raiders, who used a pair of walks and a single to load the bases for Damian Bravo. Bravo was hit by the fifth offering he saw from SFAs Crew Wilson, bringing in the go-ahead run.

Wilson did not record an out and allowed three runs, suffering the loss in Tuesday’s ballgame.

With one out, Tech used an RBI single from Austin Green and a fielders choice from Woodcox to close the three-run frame and take a 6-2 lead into the fifth.

After the teams traded zeros in the fifth, Parish stranded a lead-off double at second in the sixth, closing the frame with back-to-back swinging strikeouts.

A one-out sac-fly from Woodcox and a single from Bazzell gave Tech an 7-2 lead and brought Kash to the plate with runners on first and second with two outs.

Up 2-1 in the count, Kash deposited a pitch into the home bullpen to put Tech up 10-2 heading to the seventh.

With the game still 10-2 in the eighth, SFA added two runs on a lead-off home run to pull to within 10-4, bringing Tech up needing four runs for a walk-off win.

In the eighth, Tech got back-to-back doubles from Woodcox and Dylan Maxcey to go ahead 11-4. After a two-out walk, Lopez dove in two more with a triple off the right field wall. The knock brought Tech to within a run of a walk-off win.

Freshman Garet Boehm pinch-hit and was hit by a 1-0 fast ball to put runners on the corners for Owen Washburn. Needing just a run to walk it off, Washburn provided three on a towering 388-foot homer to right.

With the victory, the Red Raiders have now won 11 straight non-conference games and are a perfect 10-0 at home in non-conference play.

The Red Raiders hit the road for another road Big 12 series, this time against UCF. The Thursday-through-Saturday series features a pair of 5 p.m. (CT) contests on Thursday and Friday and a Noon (CT) first pitch on Saturday.


Release Provided By Andrew Stern Texas Tech Athletics

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