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Red Raiders pull off impressive back-to-back comebacks to sweep Owls

Down big in games two and three of this past weekend’s series against Rice, Tech pulls off the win.

Redshirt freshman TJ Rumfield (3)
Photo courtesy of Texas Tech Athletics

This past weekend, the Rice Owls came to town and it was business as usual for the Texas Tech Red Raiders as they swept the Owls to move to 16-1 on the year, riding a 12-game win streak.

Redshirt sophomore Clayton Beeter (29)
Photo courtesy of Texas Tech Athletics

In game one on Friday, the Red Raiders started hot with a 7-1 win. Redshirt sophomore Clayton Beeter started off the game, pitching six innings, striking out 12 batters and allowing just one run. Sophomore Micah Dallas also saw some time on the mound, pitching the final three innings, not allowing a run and striking out five. Freshman Jace Jung and Nate Rombach each brought in two runs, along with sophomore Cole Stilwell and freshman Dillon Carter each having a multi-hit game.

Freshmen Cal Conley (13), Nate Rombach (21) and sophomore Dru Baker (4)
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On Saturday afternoon, the Red Raiders pulled off an incredible comeback after being down 7-0 at the end of the third inning. Freshman shortstop Cal Conley finally got the sticks going after a two-run RBI single gave Tech the lead in the fifth. Conley finished the game going 3-for-4 at the plate with five RBI’s, a home run leaving him short of the cycle. Freshman Nate Rombach also joined the party with a three RBI day, going 2-for-4 with his first triple of his young collegiate career. Senior Brian Klein, freshman Jace Jung and sophomore Cole Stilwell all scored three runs. Klein extended his hitting streak to 10 games in the process. The Tech bullpen also came in clutch with sophomore Bryce Bonnin and five others throwing for just over 7 innings. Pitching as a whole combined for 14 strikeouts. The 19-12 win also gave coach Tim Tadlock his 300th career win.

Finally, on Sunday, the same story occurred, The Red Raiders ended up down early but fought back to gain the 7-6 win in extra innings. Eight pitchers contributed, but Micah Dallas ultimately came out with the win and his fourth save of the year. Dallas struck out Rice’s batters to get Tech back up to bat to seal the win. Freshman Cal Conley again had a great day at the plate, hitting 2-for-5 with an RBI. In the 11th, redshirt freshman TJ Rumfield came in to pinch hit and knocked a walk-off RBI double to get the win for the Red Raiders.

Tech will next travel to Biloxi, Mississippi to do battle with Mississippi State on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon.

Game Times are as follows:

Tuesday, March 10th: @ Mississippi State, 6:00 pm; TV: SEC Network+, Radio: TTSN

Wednesday, March 11th: @ Mississippi State, 5:00 pm; TV: SEC Network +, Radio: TTSN