No. 5 Texas Tech Sweeps Northern Illinois in Brooks Wallace Memorial Series
The Texas Tech pitching staff held Northern Illinois scoreless in 35 of 36 innings as the fifth-ranked Red Raiders swept the Huskies in the four-game Brooks Wallace Memorial Series at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park over the weekend.
Patrick Mahomes II was the only Red Raider pitcher to allow an earned run when he allowed three in his collegiate pitching debut.
Mahomes opened the ninth inning of Saturday’s first game coming on in relief of freshman Jacob Patterson. Mahomes walked the first batter he faced, hit the second and walked the third to load the bases before giving way to Sean Thompson.
The defense let Thompson down as 2B Bryant Burleson booted a potential double-play ground ball and 3B Orlando Garcia could not handle a hot shot allowing the three runners Mahomes put on to score and allowing an unearned run of his own.
Corey Taylor came on to shut the gates and pick up his first save of the season in the 6-4 win.
Tech (8-1) swept Friday’s double header 8-0, 5-0 and closed out Saturday’s double header with another 6-0 shutout of the Huskies.
The Red Raiders swept back-to-back four-game home series to start their campaign and broke a school record with sweeping six consecutive home series dating back to last season.
Texas Tech leads NIU 20-2 in the all-time series with a 18-2 advantage in games played in Lubbock. Tech has won 14 straight games against NIU dating back to 2007.
The Red Raiders are 45-6 in home non-conference games under third-year head coach Tim Tadlock.
The Red Raiders return to action Tuesday when they take to the road for the first time on the 2015 season when they take on Abilene Christian (0-6) at 4pm.