DALLAS, Texas - Texas Tech senior left-handed pitcher Ben Flora
threw a career-high six-shutout innings while leading the Red Raiders to a 5-0 shutout over No. 27 Dallas Baptist on Tuesday afternoon at Patriot Field.
The victory assures the Red Raiders (28-24) of back-to-back winning regular seasons, a first at Tech since 2006-07. The Patriots (34-15), who entered the game with a 24-2 record at home this season, dropped its fourth straight home game to the Red Raiders.
The shutout marked the first for Tech on the road against a midweek opponent since March 6, 2006 (at UNLV, 9-0) while it snapped a streak of 184 consecutive home games for Dallas Baptist without suffering a shutout(last shutout at home: March 3, 2006 - vs. UTSA).
Flora (1-0), making his first start since March 2, 2010, allowed only three hits in six-shutout frames while striking out two and walking one. He faced the minimum in four of six innings and had three innings where he retired the side in order.
In fact, Flora, who made his 78th career appearance, allowed just one base runner to reach scoring position, while only four Dallas Baptist batters reached base safely in the longest outing of his Texas Tech career.
The Red Raiders out-hit Dallas Baptist, 7-6, while also taking advantage of four DBU errors that resulted in four unearned runs.
DBU starting pitcher Jay Calhoun (3-2) took the loss allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits with one strikeout and one walk.
The Red Raiders scored in the second inning on freshman Bryant Burleson's
RBI double to left field taking a 1-0 lead. Tech plated a pair of runs in the third - both unearned - on an RBI double from junior designated hitter Scott LeJeune
and a sacrifice fly from senior first baseman Stephen Hagen
A two-run fourth inning would be the final runs scored in the game as three Patriot errors in the frame led to all three runs for the Red Raiders.
Burleson went 2-for-4 and LeJeune added a 2-for-5 performance while the Tech defense marked its third straight game without committing an error. Tech has not committed an error in 29 consecutive innings.
Junior right-handed pitcher Shane Broyles
pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth inning while junior lefty Daniel Coulombe
struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning.
The Red Raiders will take final exams the remainder of the week and will then prepare for its final regular season homestand hosting Kansas State, May 17-19, at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.