ROUND ROCK, Texas – Senior Brian Klein delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning and the No. 1/6 Texas Tech baseball team closed the Round Rock Classic with a 3-2 victory over Houston on Sunday in front of over 5,100 fans at Dell Diamond.
After struggling at the plate through most of the weekend, Klein pulled through when it mattered most, finding a gap on the right side of the infield with two outs in the 10th that allowed Dru Baker to speed home from second for the winning run.
Baker reached base in all five plate appearances on the evening, going 2-for-2 with a career-high three walks. He led off the game for Tech with a solo blast to left that answered a Houston run in the first. He drew a leadoff walk in the 10th and stole second with two outs in the frame. The Cougars intentionally walked junior Braxton Fulford to bring up Klein, who was 0-for-12 at that point over the weekend before his heroics.
The Red Raiders (6-1) recovered from Friday's loss to Tennessee to finish 2-1 at the event. Sophomore Cole Stilwell and junior Dylan Neuse were named to the All-Tournament team.
Freshman Andrew Devine (1-0) received his first career win as he struck out a pair while retiring the Cougars (2-4) in order in the 10th. Sophomore starter Austin Becker gave Tech four solid innings, allowing two runs on three hits.
The bullpen took over from there with the quartet of Hunter Dobbins, Jakob Brustoski, Ryan Sublette and Devine combining for six shutout innings and 12 strikeouts. Houston's Brayson Hurdsman (1-1) got tagged with the loss.
Junior Dylan Neuse and sophomore Tanner O'Tremba both collected extra-base hits for the Red Raiders as well. Neuse nearly went yard in the fifth as he sent one 400 feet to the base of the wall in the deepest part of the ballpark and legged out a triple. One batter later, O'Tremba executed with a grounder to the left side that plated Neuse to make it a 2-2 game.
His next time up, O'Tremba hit a one-out double to left center, putting Tech in position to take the lead. But, that's as far as he'd reach as the Red Raiders left a total of eight men on base for the contest.
The Red Raiders return to Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park for its first midweek series of the season as it hosts Southern on Tuesday at 2 p.m. and Wednesday at 1 p.m. Both games will be on TexasTech.TV.