SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Golden Spikes candidate Eric Gutierrez (Jr., 1B) struck a two-run double in the No. 20 Texas Tech Red Raiders’ four-run third that proved to be enough to drop the San Diego Aztecs 6-3 on Sunday at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Red Raiders captured their first road series win on the year and managed some level of redemption from being swept at the Cal State Fullerton Titans earlier this season.
Texas Tech launched an efficient attack, scoring six times on seven hits while three hurlers held the Aztecs prolific offense on the ground. San Diego State starter Mark Seyler (Jr., RHP) suffered his first loss on the year.
Gutierrez Delivers Again
Gutierrez has been invigorated on this trip to the west coast after clubbing his first homer of the season on Saturday, the junior gave the Red Raiders more pop with a 2-for-4 day in which his third inning two-run double made the difference in the game. Gutierrez added a single and scored in the eighth inning as Texas Tech rallied for two more runs to put the game away with a 6-3 lead.
Seyler Drops First
Aztecs hurler Mark Seyler entered this matchup unbeaten and left with his first loss. However, outside of getting touched up for four runs, three earned, in the third inning the junior was outstanding on the bump. Seyler allowed a hit and a walk across the other six innings he pitched while striking out five. The right-hander retired the last 12 Red Raiders he faced in the game before being pulled after the seventh, trailing 4-3.
Texas Techs’ third inning rally was crucial to the outcome of this matchup as they plated four runs on four hits in the frame. Juniors Tyler Floyd (C) and Cory Raley (DH) got the rally started with back-to-back singles. Floyd would then score on a fielders’ choice but a throwing error by Aztecs’ first baseman Andrew Brown allowed Raley to reach second base safely, putting two runners on for Gutierrez.
After Gutierrez doubled home Raley and Tanner Gardner (Fr., RF), he would later score on a double by center fielder Quinn Carpenter (Jr.) to extend the lead to 4-0. The Aztecs would not overcome this deficit.
Dusek, Taylor Stymie Aztecs
Texas Tech got the equivalent of a quality start out of two hurlers as sophomore southpaw Dylan Dusek, rebounding from his first collegiate loss last week, retired the first six Aztecs who stepped in the box. However, his next two innings weren’t as dominant as San Diego State scored two runs on four hits to chase him from the game.
In came Red Raiders’ hurler Corey Taylor (Sr., RHP) who was more than adequate for the task of stalling out the Aztecs attack. The right-hander struck out five over four innings and allowed an unearned run over the stretch but held the lead. Taylor got into a bases loaded jam in the seventh put got a pop fly out from Danny Sheehan (Jr., SS) on the first pitch to end the inning and keep himself in line for his first win of the season.
Moreno Stops Rally
Senior stopper Dominic Moreno got into a little trouble of his own trying to end the Aztecs day. San Diego State freshmen outfielders David Hensley and Chase Calabuig reached base in the bottom of the ninth with one out as Hensley singled and Calabuig drew a walk. The right-hander dialed in an struck out the next two Aztecs to end the game and earn his third save on the year.
Texas Tech seems to have taken the losses to Cal State Fullerton personally and responded in a legitimate manner, taking two of three on another west coast road trip. The Red Raiders’ 48 RPI is certain to improve and will only get stronger once they start facing Big 12 competition.
San Diego State may not be ready for Top 25 status but may very well make a solid tournament team and a tough out in the post season. The Aztecs could really have used the help for their 44 because they will have more opportunities for it to drop in Mountain West play.