A series sweep is always a good thing.
It's even better if you're a program rising up after a disappointing previous season.
After Tech wrapped up its series with Prairie View A&M with a 13-0 Saturday rout, the Red Raiders are sitting pretty with a 32-11 record. (At this point last season, they were 17-21.) They have won eight games in a row – already the longest such streak this season. They've also swept consecutive series for the first time since 2002.
This is also a historic marker for Texas Tech baseball as a whole: win No. 1,000.
The Red Raiders came out dominating at the mound and on defense, as starting pitcher Chris Sadberry pitched four perfect innings. Relief man Ty Damron – a freshman – took the win after allowing the only hits (two) and walks (two) of the entire game. Damron also notched three strikeouts.
Saturday's win marked the first series of back-to-back shutouts since 2013, when they blanked LaSalle by a combined margin of 10-0.
As for their batting performance, Tech was proficient in that department as well. First baseman Bryant Burleson was 2-for-4 with three runs scored, while third baseman Eric Gutierrez was 2-for-4 with two runs batted in. Jake Barrios went 1-for-1 to extend his hit streak to eight games; Stephen Smith's run improved up to nine with an RBI double. Smith's bat has been rather hot lately, with a .419 performance since Apr. 4.
Texas Tech will carry on regular baseball duties on Monday, visiting the University of New Mexico and playing TCU in Abilene the next day.
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