ROUND ROCK, Texas – No. 1/6 Texas Tech baseball rebounded from its first loss of the season to top No. 15/25 Stanford on Saturday, 7-2, in front of over 8,000 fans at Dell Diamond.
The Red Raiders (5-1) dug out of an early 2-0 hole with runs in the first, second and fourth, and a three-run seventh helped create a comfortable margin down the stretch to top the first ranked opponent it saw this season in the Cardinal (1-5).
Junior Bryce Bonnin (2-0) and sophomore Micah Dallas combined for 15 strikeouts, a season high for the Red Raiders, while allowing just six hits and a walk. Bonnin sat down nine batters for a new career high. Dallas, who earned his second save of the season, has now racked up 11 strikeouts on the year in 7.0 total innings out of the bullpen.
Sophomore Cole Stilwell led the charge offensively as he answered a Tim Tawa two-run home run in the top of the first with a solo shot in the home half of the frame. It marked the first hit of the season for the Rockwall, Texas, native, who finished 2-for-4 with a team-high two RBI and a pair of runs.
Junior Dylan Neuse provided aid with a 2-for-4 showing that included a double in the second that led to Tech’s second run of the game. He lined one into the gap in right center, scampered to third on a wild pitch and then came home on a sacrifice fly off the bat of junior Braxton Fulford to tie the game at 2-2.
Neuse got the go-ahead run in during the fourth after freshman Nate Rombach drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a wild pitch. From there, senior Brian Klein pulled one to the right side that shifted Rombach to third with one out, and Neuse grounded one to the left side that forced a tough throw home that Rombach was able to beat and give Tech its first lead of the game at 3-2.
Stilwell engineered a 3-6 double play to end the top of the seventh and the Red Raiders rode that momentum to extend the lead after the stretch. Sophomore Dru Baker singled to center, the first of four straight hits for Tech. Freshman Jace Jung slammed the next pitch over the center fielder for an RBI triple and Stilwell followed with an RBI single. With two outs and Stilwell at third, Neuse capped off the inning with an infield single to the left side that made it 6-2 going to the eighth.
The Red Raiders close out their stay in Round Rock with a 3 p.m. first pitch Sunday against Houston (2-3). Texas Tech will hand the ball to sophomore right-hander Austin Becker (1-0) while Houston will counter with junior left-hander Jared Pettitte (0-0).