LUBBOCK – Texas Tech scored seven runs in the first inning and six more in the third inning Tuesday night as the 30th-ranked Red Raiders cruised to a 19-2 blowout of ACU in non-conference baseball action at Rip Griffin Park at Dan Law Field.
The loss was the fourth straight for the Wildcats, who were swept by Lamar last weekend in a Southland Conference series at home and are now 12-17 on the season. Texas Tech, meanwhile, improves to 25-11 on the season. ACU will be in Huntsville this weekend for a three-game set against Sam Houston State, which is 22-11 on the season and knocked off Baylor, 4-3, Tuesday night in Huntsville.
Unlike their previous appearance this season in Lubbock when ACU gave up five runs in the first inning, but then settled in and only lost 6-2 in a weather-shortened game, the Wildcats were never in Tuesday night's contest.
The Red Raiders got after ACU starting pitcher Joe Gawrieh, touching him for seven runs in the first inning with three coming in on a three-run home run by first baseman Eric Gutierrez. Tim Proudfoot had an RBI triple and scored on the same play on a throwing error by centerfielder Tyler Eager for the final two runs of the inning.
After ACU got a run back in the second inning, the Red Raiders really put it away with six runs in the third inning. Tyler Neslony had a three-run triple and Tyler Floyd added a two-run double in the inning for the Red Raiders, who led 13-1 after three innings.
The 19 runs posted by the Red Raiders are the third-most ever scored against the Wildcats during head coach Britt Bonneau's 18 seasons. St. Edward's set the record with 24 runs in a 2011 game, followed by 23 runs by Angelo State in 2009 and 19 by Texas Tech in both 2004 and 2014.