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No. 8 Red Raiders Silence Mountaineers for Series Win

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – Left-hander Mason Montgomery struck out 12, and Cal Conley went yard twice as No. 8 Texas Tech baseball posted a 10-1 victory over West Virginia to claim the series win at Monongalia County Ballpark.

Montgomery (2-1) became the first Red Raider to strike out 12 in a Big 12 game since Bobby Duran in 2010 as the sophomore sat down the first five batters he faced and retired 10 consecutive hitters to begin the game. He held the Mountaineers to one run on two hits in 6.1 innings before Chase Hampton and Levi Wells added four more strikeouts to secure the win.

Montgomery, Hampton and Wells totaled a season-high 16 strikeouts on the day, the most by the Red Raiders in a Big 12 game since racking up 21 in a 14-inning affair against TCU in 2019. Montgomery’s total matched the most by a pitcher in a Big 12 game this season.

Conley, meanwhile, homered from both sides of the plate on Sunday and added a double for a 4-for-5 performance with four RBI. He hit a two-run blast from the right side of the plate in the fifth inning and followed with another two-run shot from the left side in the sixth. It marked his first career multi-home run game and the eighth by a Red Raider this season.

Dru Baker moved up into the No. 2 hole in the lineup and responded with three hits, while Parker Kelly added his second multi-hit game of the weekend in a 2-for-4 effort. Eight different Red Raiders tallied a hit as Tech outhit West Virginia, 14-2, for the game.

Easton Murrell got things started in the first inning with a line drive to center that got past the center fielder and resulted in a triple. He scored on a sacrifice fly from Baker to make it 1-0 after one.

Tech added to its lead in the fourth as Conley led off with a double, moved to third on a Braxton Fulford fly ball to center, and scored on a groundout from Cody Masters.

The Mountaineers, who were held to three base runners all game, got their only two hits in the fourth. Miscommunication in the infield allowed a pop up to drop before Hudson Byorick connected on a two-out triple to right field that plated the run to make it a 2-1 game.

It didn’t stay that close for long as Conley extended the lead to 4-1 in the fifth with his first two-run dinger of the game.

Tech chased WVU starter Ben Hampton (3-1) in the sixth after he issued a walk and a hit batter, the ninth of the weekend by WVU. With two on and two out, Baker hit a grounder into the hole that went off the shortstop’s glove and found into left field, allowing two runs to score. That opened the floodgates for the Red Raiders as Jace Jung and Cole Stilwell hit back-to-back RBI doubles and Conley capped things off with another two-run jack to make it a 10-1 game.

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Release provided by Ty Parker Texas Tech Athletics


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