No. 5 Texas Tech Baseball Wins Regional Opener Over Delaware, 5-2

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The Red Raiders will take on the winner of Arizona/Sam Houston State on Saturday at 6 p.m.

LUBBOCK, Texas – The No. 5 Texas Tech baseball team opened postseason play with a 5-2 victory over Delaware in the first game of the 2017 NCAA Lubbock Regional on Friday afternoon at Rip Griffin Park.

After an hour and 40-minute weather delay, the Red Raiders (44-15) rattled off five runs on seven hits to roll past the Blue Hens (34-22) to move into the winner’s portion of the bracket. Tech will take on the winner of Arizona/Sam Houston State at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Senior infielder Hunter Hargrove and freshman catcher Michael Berglund each recorded multi-hit bids in the win, while junior infielder Orlando Garcia and sophomore outfielder Cody Farhat tallied two RBI. Garcia scored three times in the regional opener.

Sophomore right-hander Davis Martin got the start for the Red Raider, but his outing was shortened due to the delay. The San Angelo native would only go 1.1 innings, throwing deuces in three categories behind two strikeouts, two walks and two hits. After the break, freshman righty Caleb Kilian took over on the mound with two on and one out. He would need only one pitch to get out of the frame, inducing a 4-6-3 double play to bring up the Red Raider bats.

It would be one of four double plays turned by Tech on Friday, matching a season-high set on April 15 at Kansas State.

The Red Raiders struck first in the bottom of the second inning with a pair of runs for the 2-0 lead. Free passes played a big part in the two-run frame, as a single from Hargrove and back-to-back walks to Garcia and Berglund loaded the bases with no outs. The first pitch to Farhat grazed off his elbow to force Hargrove home, then a fielder’s choice from freshman infielder Brian Klein brought in the second run of the frame.

The Blue Hens would get one back in top of the fourth after an RBI groundout by Trimble scored Patten, who reached on a walk and moved around to third on an error.

Tech got the run back in the home half of the inning thanks to another fielder’s choice, this time from Farhat to plate Garcia for the second time of the day for the 3-1 lead.

With two on and no out in the top of the sixth, Kilian gave way to freshman right-hander John McMillon. Delaware would pick up another run behind a single through the left side by Patten to score Glover and keep the threat alive. However, a nifty lineout-double play, followed by a strikeout ended the frame and kept the score at 3-2.

Kilian picked up the win after going 3.2 frames, striking out two and being charged with two runs to improve to 6-0 this season.

Garcia padded the Tech with a couple insurance runs after blasting his 13th homer of the year into the left field bullpen in the eighth for the 5-2 lead. Junior lefty Parker Mushinski closed out the contest for his sixth save of the year to seal the win for the Red Raiders.

After allowing a lead-off single to left field, junior lefty Parker Mushinski would retire the next batter and, with a little help from his catcher to catch a base runner stealing, there would soon be two outs in the decisive ninth inning. A groundout to Hargrove would end the game and seal the win for the Red Raiders.

The Red Raiders will be back in action at 6 p.m. Saturday and will face the winner of Arizona vs. Sam Houston State on ESPN3.