Texas Tech Baseball Sweeps Road Series in Florida
The Texas Tech Red Raider baseball team is absolutely the real deal. Last weekend they won two out of three against quality opponents. Then, they went down to Florida this weekend and proved it with a sweep of two quality teams.
Firstly it was Florida Atlantic who was in the Red Raiders way. A tight game in the 6th inning tied 1-1 quickly turned the Red Raiders way as they scored 6 runs in the final three frames to put away the Owls 7-1. Clayton Beeter made a great start but Jakob Brutoski earned the win and struck out two more. John McMillon also came in to strike out three in a single inning of work.
Offensively it was a team effort but the biggest swing of the day came on a two-run home run from Cody Masters late in the game to make it 7-1.
Game two was against Florida State and the Seminoles led 4-1 before the Red Raiders made their comeback and ultimately won 6-5 in the 11th inning. This was a drama filled game but the two stars were Cole Stilwell and John McMillon.
Stilwell had 2 doubles that netted four RBI for the good guys while an error and Dru Baker's solo dinger did the rest of the damage. McMillon took over in the final two-plus innings only allowed two baserunners and struck out seven. Then, after a strikeout passed ball loaded the bases, he got a bases-juiced flyout to end the game. Gutsy performance.
Finally, the Red Raiders completed the sweep on Sunday afternoon by beating the Seminoles again. This time 4-3. Austin Becker made the start and pitched well with his only mistake coming on a three-run home run in the bottom of the 5th to put Texas Tech down 3-2. The Red Raiders fought back and wouldn't allow FSU anything else of the course of the game.
Offensively the Red Raiders got a spark from Cal Conley who hit the solo home run to tie the game and Cody Masters who hit a sac fly to take the lead. Cole Stilwell also continued his hot weekend by hitting a homerun early to score the first run of the game.
Next up is UNLV in Lubbock for a midweek set before hosting Rice in a three-game series to complete the homestand.