LUBBOCK, Texas – Nate Rombach, Cal Conley and Braxton Fulford hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the 10th to send No. 7 Texas Tech baseball to a wild 9-8 walk-off win over UConn on Monday, completing a four-game sweep of the Huskies at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Fulford’s blast was the game winner, marking the first extra-inning walk-off home run by a Red Raider since Orlando Garcia against Baylor in 2015.
The Red Raiders (14-3) trailed for much of the afternoon before a Dru Baker three-run home run gave them a 5-4 lead in the seventh. Tech carried a 6-4 lead into the ninth, but UConn (4-10) would score two to push it to extras.
The Huskies scored two more in the 10th to take an 8-6 lead, but all three batters who came to the plate in the 10th homered to left field, capped by a no-doubter from the Lubbock native. Rombach, Conley and Fulford were a combined 0-for-11 with six strikeouts on the day prior to their heroics.
Tech finished the game with 11 hits from eight different players. Eight different Red Raiders also scored a run in the contest. UConn, meanwhile, finished with 12 hits, led by a 5-for-5 effort from outfielder Kyler Fedko.
Baker led the Red Raiders with three RBI in the contest, finishing 2-for-4 with two runs scored. The leadoff hitter finished with 10 runs in the series, twice as many as any other member of the club.
Jace Jung and Parker Kelly also posted multi-hit games. Jung went 3-for-5 with an RBI double, while Kelly went 2-for-4 for the second straight day, providing a lift at the bottom of the lineup.
Dylan Neuse provided a key run in the seventh after Baker’s go-ahead home run. With two outs and nobody on, Neuse tripled to the gap in right center, then stole home to give Tech a 6-4 lead. The stealing of home was the first by a Red Raider since Zach Davis did so against No. 12 Texas in 2014.
Tech used five freshmen and a transfer sophomore on the mound Monday. Freshman starter Chase Hampton allowed two runs on three hits in 3.0 inning of work. He was followed by a nice effort from Brady LeJeune-DeAcutis, who tossed 1.2 shutout innings. Freshman Brendan Girton would receive the win as he pitched the final two innings.
UConn’s Caleb Wurster received the loss, allowing four runs on five hits in 2.2 innings of relief. Senior starter Kenneth Haus gave the Huskies 3.2 innings, allowing a run on two hits.
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