LUBBOCK, Texas – Freshman Jace Jung went yard twice and senior Brian Klein recorded a career-high three doubles as No. 2 Texas Tech baseball completed the midweek sweep of UNLV with an 11-3 victory over the Rebels on Wednesday at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Sophomore Hunter Dobbins gave Tech 6.0 scoreless innings and struck out eight as the Red Raiders (13-1) built a 5-0 lead through five. The Rebels mounted a rally in the seventh, but Jung’s second home run of the day provided an answer, and Tech put up a five-spot in the eighth to pull away for its ninth victory in a row.
Jung blasted a three-run home run over the home bullpen in the third that put Tech ahead 4-0, part of his first career multi-home run game. Klein, meanwhile, went 4-for-4 with three doubles, including a two-bagger in the eighth that plated two and gave the Red Raiders an 8-3 cushion.
Junior reliever Jakob Brustoski came in to stall a UNLV rally in the seventh. The Rebels (3-10) had narrowed the gap to 5-2 and had men on the corners with one out when Brustoski took over. He promptly got a soft grounder to third followed by a strikeout to minimize the damage and keep Tech in front, 5-3.
Brustoski put a zero on the board in the eighth, and Tech pulled away in the home half of the frame with five runs. Sophomore Cole Stilwell followed Klein’s two-run double with an RBI single, and junior Cody Masters put an exclamation point on the contest with a two-run dinger to right.
Dobbins now improves to 2-0 as a starter this season and has racked up an impressive 18 strikeouts in 11.0 innings with just two runs allowed on nine hits.
This was the seventh straight home game for Tech with a double-digit run total as the Red Raiders are outscoring their opponents 110-21 in eight home contests. All nine starters recorded a hit and seven Red Raiders touched home on Wednesday.
Three other Red Raiders joined Klein and Jung with multi-hit games. Freshman Cal Conley finished 3-for-5 with his fifth double of the year and an RBI. Dru Baker, who has reached base safely in every game this season, added a 2-for-6 effort with a triple and a double, while Masters went 2-for-5 in his fourth start of the season. Junior Dylan Neuse secured a hit in the eighth to continue his 14-game hitting streak to open the season.
Texas Tech continues its five-game home stand this weekend with a three-game series against Rice. Friday’s first pitch is set for 6:30 p.m., while Saturday’s contest begins at 2 p.m. The finale on Sunday starts at 11:30 a.m. and will air on FOX Sports Southwest Plus.