No. 23 Texas Tech won its second straight game over West Virginia in walk-off fashion as Friday's 3-2 victory clinched the series and gave head coach Tim Tadlock his 500th career win at the collegiate level in front of 2,399 fans at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Texas Tech improved to 39-16 overall and to 13-10 in Big 12 play. The Red Raiders have now won eight consecutive Big 12 home games. Tech also won its 13th straight home game and is now 30-4 on its home field this season – giving the Red Raiders 30 home wins for just the third time in school history.
West Virginia dropped to 27-23 overall and to 9-13 in Big 12 play.
The heroics came in the bottom of the ninth inning when junior shortstop Tim Proudfoot singled up the middle and pinch runner Zach Davis came around to score while running on the pitch to seal the series-clinching win. It was Proudfoot's second career game-winning walk-off base hit (vs. Northern Illinois – 2012).
Junior left-handed pitcher Cameron Smith (7-1) won his team-leading seventh game while going 3.2 scoreless innings without allowing a hit with four strikeouts and allowed one walk. In fact, he retired seven straight batters to end the game.
West Virginia left-handed pitcher Ross Vance threw 152 pitches during 8.2 innings allowing nine hits and three runs with six strikeouts and three walks. It marked the second straight game West Virginia's starting pitcher has thrown over 120 pitches.
Tech trailed 2-0 before second baseman Bryant Burleson hit a deep home run – his second of the season – over the left-field wall in the sixth inning, cutting WVU's lead to a run, 2-1.
The following inning Tech tied the game on senior designated hitter Adam Kirsch's solo home run over the left-field wall to lead off the seventh.
With one out in the ninth inning and the game tied, 2-2, Kirsch drew a full-count walk before freshman Matt Broadbent moved pinch runner Zach Davis to second base with a single through the left side. Then senior center fielder Devon Conley flew out to center field for the second out of the inning.
Proudfoot scored Davis to win the game giving Tech six wins this season during its final at-bat.
Burleson went 2-for-3 and Proudfoot finished 2-for-4 while seven Red Raiders posted at least one base hit.
Texas Tech will look for its third consecutive Big 12 series sweep at home on Saturday with first pitch for game three at 2:05 p.m. Prior to the game, Texas Tech will recognize its six seniors, which includes Jake Barrios, Devon Conley, Jonny Drozd, Adam Kirsch, Mason Randolph and Todd Ritchie.
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