MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–In the series opener, the fourth-ranked Texas Tech baseball team outdueled WVU to pick up a 1-0 win on Saturday afternoon at Monongalia County Ballpark.
The Red Raiders (38-12, 12-7) scored one run on seven hits and the Mountaineers (26-18, 10-9) had just two hits.
Erikson Lanning (3-1) started for Texas Tech. He pitched six innings of shutout baseball, giving up just two hits.
Jacob Patterson came on and pitched three perfect innings, earning his first save of the season.
Lanning’s mound opponent Kade Strowd (1-2) strung together an impressive outing. The freshman went 4.1 innings, surrendering one run on four hits while striking out four. Sam Kessler relieved Strowd and tossed 3.2 scoreless innings of three hit baseball. Cody Wood pitched a scoreless ninth.
After four scoreless frames, the Red Raiders took a 1-0 lead in the fifth. With one out, Cody Farhat blasted a triple past a diving Darius Hill. With the infield in, Grant Little double to right field, allowing Farhat to score.
It was Texas Tech’s first shutout of the year and only the second time WVU has been held scoreless.
Braden Zarbnisky and Hill had the only hits for the Mountaineers.
Following the second game of the doubleheader, the series between WVU and Red Raiders concludes on Sunday, at 1 p.m. (ET).
Cover Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS