A two-out grand slam from senior Cameron Warren in the top of the ninth sent the No. 10 Texas Tech baseball team to a wild 12-9 victory at San Diego State on Wednesday at a wet Tony Gwynn Stadium.
With the win, the Red Raiders (8-3) complete the two-game sweep of the Aztecs (5-6) after taking a 5-1 victory Tuesday night. Wednesday’s victory marked the fifth time this season the Red Raiders have rallied from three or more runs down in a win.
Tech trailed 5-0 through four innings Wednesday and 5-4 entering the eighth before a four-spot gave the Red Raiders an 8-5 lead. It was short-lived, however, as the Aztecs answered back with four runs of their own in the bottom of the frame, with all four runs coming across with two outs.
Down to its final out, Tech got its first base runner of the ninth when junior Brian Klein drew a base on balls. Following a wild pitch, sophomore Dylan Neuse was intentionally walked to put runners on first and second. Freshman Tanner O’Tremba was then hit by a pitch on a 2-2 count to load them up for Warren, who rocked a 1-0 pitch over the left center field wall to put Tech in front 12-9.
Warren’s blast was the second go-ahead grand slam for the Red Raiders this season with the other coming from Neuse on Feb. 23 against Kentucky with the Red Raiders down one in the fifth.
Warren and Neuse combined to bring in eight RBI for the Red Raiders while freshman Dru Baker added two runs driven in. Tech finished with nine hits and 10 walks in the contest, marking the third time this season it has recorded double-digit walks in a game.
Warren matched his career high with five RBI while going 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. Neuse, meanwhile, continued his hot start to his Red Raider career, going 2-for-2 with three walks, a home run, a double, three RBI and a career-high four runs scored.
The game saw a total of 18 pitchers used between the two teams, with 10 of those coming on Tech’s side. Freshman and Lubbock native Trey Garlett received his first career start and went an inning, while junior Taylor Floyd (2-1) earned the win in 0.2 innings of relief and freshman Hunter Dobbins got his first collegiate save.
The Red Raiders will now return home to host Wichita State in a three-game series this weekend, starting with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch Friday at Rip Griffin Park.
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