Lubbock, Texas – In conclusion, Texas Tech had a good Tuesday. The Red Raiders won a pair of games against Abilene Christian at Rip Griffin Park, 15-11 and 13-3.
The two victories could not have been more comparable. The first went into the fourth inning with ACCU leading as the home team, and the second was a seven-inning contest.
The first game is a restart of the tournament, which was suspended in the fourth round on April 25 due to lightning. The two teams waited two weeks between at bats before returning to play with the Wildcats leading 6-0.
Brendan Girton came into the lineup looking for two outs in the bottom of the fourth to start Tuesday’s game as ACU poured in six runs in the frame in Abilene. ACU scored three more runs in the fifth and sixth innings, increasing its lead to 9-0 after six innings.
Tech scored 15 unearned runs, including eight in the top half of the seventh and seven more in the top half of the eighth. On May 1, 2019, after overturning a 9-0 deficit against UTRGV in a 19-11 victory, it had its biggest comeback in a game. ACU scored a pair in the bottom of the ninth, but the damage was done as the Red Raiders went down 15-11 to officially go down with the road win.
“There are 27 players in the game,” head coach Tim Tadlock said. “And you know, we’re not easy to get out. When guys move in right field and let the next guy do their job, pass the bat, call what they want, we keep the line going. He had.
In the next game, a make-up game in Lubbock for the original April 4th, which was postponed due to high winds in the region, the offense built a 6-0 lead after the first to build momentum from the previous contest. Two innings into a run-rule victory. Looking back to the previous game, it was a 21-run baseball over five innings.
ACU closed the gap to 6-3 after the top of the third, but Jacob Rogers pitched the game in the bullpen for the next three innings, holding ACU scoreless in the top of the seventh when Ryan Frye retired to set up the bottom of the game. Seventh walk-off victory.
“[Rogers] Fastball was really good tonight,” catcher Hudson White said. “I think 92-94. “He’s got a lot of life behind his fastball and if you can command your fastball and have the kind of life that he has, you’re going to get a lot of people out.”
The work by Reupen allowed the Red Raiders to score their final seven runs. Nolen Hester hit a two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. Before Hester delivered the walk-off hit, his third hit of the contest, it was White who went 4-for-4 with six RBI in game two.
“I thought we did a great job,” Hester said. Starting the game in the fourth round or starting the game from zero to zero is the same thinking and planning. We know that to win every day we have to hit the ball well and I think that’s right. We did it.”
After five games in five days at Rip Griffin Park, the Red Raiders travel to West Virginia for their final Big 12 road series. Tech returns home for senior weekend, May 18-20, when Kansas City comes to town.