Vaqueros Drop Slugfest In Lubbock
LUBBOCK – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley baseball team settled for a series split at No. 10 Texas Tech after dropping game two 19-11 on Wednesday at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
UTRGV (29-15) won the first game 6-3 on Tuesday.
UTRGV sent 13 batters to the plate in the second, with the first 11 reaching on seven hits, one walk and three errors to plate nine runs, tied for UTRGV’s highest-scoring inning of the season. UTRGV put runners on the corners at the start of the inning, setting up a two-run triple by freshman Jacob Flores and an RBI-single by sophomore Mercedes alum Oliver Closner IV. Two batters later, with the bases loaded, junior Conrado Diaz reached on an error that scored two runs. A walk to junior Christian Sepulveda re-loaded the bases. Senior Anthony Gomez followed with a bases-clearing triple and then junior Tyler Torres drove-in Gomez with a single to cap the inning.
Flores added an RBI-double followed by a Closner sacrifice fly in the eighth.
Torres finished 2-for-3 with two walks, an RBI and two runs scored. Flores went 2-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored. Freshman Vela alum Aaron Galvan finished 2-for-5 with two runs scored. Diaz went 2-for-5 with a run scored. Junior Coleman Grubbs finished 2-for-6 with a run scored.
Texas Tech (30-14) broke through in the third with an RBI-double to by Brian Klein and a solo home run by Josh Jung to make the score 9-2.
Texas Tech sent 11 batters to the plate in the fourth, scoring seven runs on seven hits, including a Gabe Holt two-run triple, a Dylan Neuse RBI-single, a Jung RBI-single, a Cody Masters RBI-single, and a Kurt Wilson RBI-double. Texas Tech also scored on a balk.
Texas Tech took the lead in the fifth against junior Kevin Palm (3-2) on a Klein sacrifice fly.
Texas Tech added nine more runs in the sixth on a three-run double by Holt, who then scored on a wild pitch, a three-run home run by Cameron Warren, and a two-run home run by Wilson.
Trey Garlett (1-0) earned the win in relief by pitching two hitless innings.
UTRGV, the first place team in the Western Athletic Conference, opens up a three-game series at New Mexico State, which is tied for second, one game behind UTRGV, on Friday at 7 pm.
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