HOUSTON – No. 10 Texas Tech baseball held off a ninth-inning rally from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to close the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic with a 4-3 win Sunday at Minute Maid Park.
The Red Raiders (8-3) held a 4-1 advantage going into the ninth, but the Islanders (4-7) cut the lead to one and put the go-ahead run in scoring position with one out. Tech got a Ryan Sublette strikeout and a diving grab up the middle by Cal Conley to seal the victory.
Pitching dominated the afternoon as Tech held a 6-4 advantage in hits up until the final frame, and the two pitching staffs combined for 25 strikeouts. Connor Queen (1-0) earned the win for the Red Raiders in 2.0 shutout innings of relief. He followed a quality start from Mason Montgomery, who allowed one run over 6.0 innings with nine strikeouts. His six innings and nine strikeouts were both career bests.
Jace Jung supplied the majority of the offense for the Red Raiders with a three-run double in the bottom of the seventh that broke a 1-1 tie and gave Tech the 4-1 lead. Jung finished 1-for-3 with the double and a walk and has now hit safely in nine straight games.
Easton Murrell had the only multi-hit performance for the Red Raiders, who have now won eight consecutive games. The win improves Tech to 8-4 all-time at the Shriners Hospitals College Classic as the Red Raiders posted a 3-0 showing at the event for the first time in four appearances.
In a matchup of Leander, Texas, natives, Islander starter Hayden Thomas matched Montgomery through six innings and finished at 119 pitches in the game. He took the mound in the seventh already over 100 pitches, and allowed a single to Easton Murrell and a pair of free passes to load the bases. With two outs, Jung sliced a fly ball into the gap in left center for the game-winning RBI.
TAMUCC’s Itchy Burts led the Islanders at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. He opened the scoring with a solo shot in the second inning before Tech answered in the third as Parker Kelly scored on a passed ball.
The Red Raiders have their next 12 games at home through the remainder of March, starting Tuesday as they open a two-game midweek series with Gonzaga at 6:30 p.m.
Release provided by Ty Parker Texas Tech Athletics