LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 9 Texas Tech baseball jumped out to an 8-1 lead and finished with a run in every inning to outslug UConn, 15-13, Sunday afternoon in the third game of a four-game series at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Ten different players scored a run for the Red Raiders (13-3), who move to 3-0 in the series with a chance to sweep the Huskies (4-9) on Monday morning.
This was the fourth time this season Tech has scored at least 15 runs in a game. It also marks the first time it has won a game when giving up at least 13 runs since a 25-17 win at New Mexico in 2017.
Jace Jung and Cal Conley led five Red Raiders who posted multi-hit games. The duo had three hits each as Jung went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs. Conley, meanwhile, went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run. Parker Kelly also tallied a career-high three RBI.
Conley got the offensive parade started in the first as Tech opened up a 2-0 lead. Dru Baker added an RBI in the second to make it a 3-0 game before UConn got on the board in the third. Tech, however, responded with a three-run third that expanded the lead to 6-1.
Tech scored two more in the fourth for its biggest lead of the game, but the Huskies began clawing back as both sides traded runs every inning from the fifth inning on.
The Red Raiders looked to be in control with a 12-6 lead through seven. The Huskies, however scored three in the top of the eighth to cut the lead in half. Tech responded with three of its own to establish a 15-9 lead going to the ninth. UConn cut the lead down to two with four runs in the ninth before Baker recorded the final out.
Mason Montgomery gave Tech a solid start with 4.1 innings of work before allowing three of his four runs in the fifth. Tech would go to its bullpen for five different relievers through the remainder of the day before Connor Queen secured the final out in the ninth for his third save of the season. Ryan Sublette (2-0) received the win for the Red Raiders, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits in 1.2 innings of relief.
UConn starter Austin Peterson (1-1) lasted only 1.1 innings against the Red Raider offensive attack. The Huskies also burned through five relievers in the contest.
UConn was led at the plate by three hits from left fielder T.C. Simmons and four RBI from right fielder Kyler Fedko.