No. 2 Texas Tech improves to 9-1, faces No. 9 Florida State Saturday and Sunday
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sophomore Clayton Beeter carried a perfect game into the fifth and No. 2 Texas Tech baseball pulled away with a three-run eighth to open its stay in Florida with a 7-1 victory over Florida Atlantic on Friday afternoon at Dick Howser Stadium.
Beeter put up seven strikeouts and retired the first 13 batters he faced as FAU wasn’t able to put a man on base until there was one out in the fifth, finally doing so and scoring its only run of the day after three-straight Red Raider errors.
Junior Jakob Brustoski (1-0), senior John McMillon and freshman Andrew Devine shutout the Owls (7-1) over the next four innings, allowing just two hits and two walks. Brustoski tossed 2.0 frames of hitless ball to earn his first career win as a Red Raider.
The Red Raiders (9-1) were able to get to FAU starter Corey Ireson in the fifth as freshman Dillon Carter led off with a single and junior Brian Klein banged a double off the wall in right to bring him around. Carter reached base all four trip to the plate, going 2-for-2 with two walks.
The Owls capitalized on three Red Raider mistakes to tie the game in the fifth, but a hustle play by Dru Baker led to an out at the plate as he raced to a ball that got past sophomore Cole Stilwell at first base and fired home to beat a runner looking to put the Owls in front.
The Red Raiders broke the tie in the seventh after a leadoff single from freshman Cal Conley and a bunt single from Carter. With men at the corners and no one out, Baker hit into a double play that scored Conley from third.
One inning later, the Red Raiders strung together five singles to add three insurance runs to its lead. Freshman Nate Rombach started things off with a single down the left field line, before junior Dylan Neuse singled and the duo moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Juniors Parker Kelly and Braxton Fulford followed with RBI singles and Baker capped off the frame with a two-out RBI.
Junior Cody Masters tacked on to the lead in the ninth with a two-run shot over the monster in left field. Both of Masters’ two hits this season have been home runs.
Tech finished the day outhitting FAU 12-2 with nine different Red Raiders recording hits and six touching home. Kelly went 2-for-3 off the bench, while Baker and Carter also had multi-hit games.
Defensively, Tech struck out 13 Owls and allowed just two hits and two walks. It marked the eighth time in the first 10 games the Red Raider pitching staff has combined for double-digit strikeouts.