LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech's Jonny Drozd limited Utah Valley to just two hits through seven innings as the Red Raiders (11-7) took the opener, 9-2, over the Wolverines (7-9) Tuesday evening at Rip Griffin Park.
UVU will go for the two-game midweek series split Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. MT.
"We did a terrible job of showing up and being ready to play as a team tonight," UVU head coach Eric Madsen said. "Texas Tech is a good team but we need to be ready to go and ready to compete as a team for the entire game tomorrow."
Drozd pitched brilliantly for Texas Tech as he held UVU scoreless through his seven innings of work while striking out 10 and walking just one.
The Wolverines finally broke through offensively in the ninth inning by scoring two late runs off Red Raider reliever Johnathon Tripp. The runs came too late, however, as the damage had already been done.
The Red Raiders struck first as they manufactured a run in the second and another in the third to jump out to a 2-0 lead. Texas Tech then managed to score four more runs in the fourth inning thanks to RBI doubles from Tim Proudfoot and Jake Barrios and an RBI groundout from Brett Bell.
Texas Tech then tacked on one more in the sixth and two more in the seventh to take a 9-0 lead.
The Wolverines picked up their first hit off Drozd in the fifth inning, when designated hitter Colby Croft singled into center. After giving up the hit, Drozd retired the next seven Utah Valley hitters. Drozd then allowed one more single and his lone walk of the game in the seventh but held the Wolverines off the scoreboard as he pitched out of the two-out jam.
Kai Hatch led the Wolverines with two of UVU's four hits including an RBI double in the ninth. Croft drove home the other run in the ninth via an RBI groundout.
Jarrard Poteete led Texas Tech offensively by going a perfect 3-for-3 with two walks. Bell and Proudfoot each drove home two runs for Tech in the game.
With the win Drozd improved to 2-1 on the season while Adam Gunn dropped to 1-3 for the Wolverines.
Following the Texas Tech series, UVU will head to the Bay Area to take on Saint Mary's in Moraga, Calif., Friday through Sunday.
James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit www.WolverineGreen.com.
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