No. 2 Texas Tech baseball cruised to an 11-2 win in its midweek series opener against UNLV on a rainy Tuesday afternoon at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
The Red Raiders (12-1) received five solid innings from sophomore Mason Montgomery while receiving a group effort offensively that featured 10 different Red Raiders collecting hits and eight different players crossing the plate.
Tech outhit the Rebels, 14-6, in the victory, using a three-run second and a four-run fifth to build an 8-1 lead through five. Tech tacked on two more in the seventh and added one in the eighth for a 10-run cushion going into the ninth.
Montgomery picked up his third win in three starts, allowing a run on three hits. Senior Connor Queen took over in the sixth and delivered 3.0 scoreless innings of two-hit ball, before junior Kurt Wilson pitched the ninth.
Senior Brian Klein led three Red Raiders with multi-hit games. He singled to lead off the third, then recorded an RBI double and scored as part of Tech's four-run fifth. Klein has now hit safely in seven straight games and reached base safely in nine of his last 14 trips to the plate.
Freshmen Nate Rombach and Cal Conley joined him with multi-hit efforts. Rombach singled in the third and again in the fifth, when he scored for the second time in the contest. Conley, meanwhile, drove in a run in the third with an RBI double and added an RBI single in the seventh.
Junior Dylan Neuse, who has hit safely in all 13 games this season, also scored twice in the contest. He led off the fifth with a base hit and came around to score from first on Klein's double. He also doubled to leadoff the eighth and scored on a single from pinch hitter T.J. Rumfield.
Sophomore Max Marusak made his first start since Opening Day and went 1-for-3 with two RBI and two runs. The RBI and run totals matched his career high. He opened the scoring in the second with an RBI single to left and capped off Tech's four-run fifth with an RBI groundout. He also reached in the fourth on an infield error, stole second and scored on a sacrifice fly from freshman Dillon Carter.
The Red Raiders improved to 7-0 at home while outscoring the competition 99-18. They've now won eight games in a row and are 3-0 in midweek contests this season.
Texas Tech and UNLV will wrap up the two-game series at 1 p.m. Wednesday on TexasTech.TV and over the air on the Texas Tech Sports Network.
Sophomore Hunter Dobbins (1-0) will be on the mound for Texas Tech while sophomore right-hander Troy Balko (0-0) will get the nod for UNLV.