March 4, 2020 - 6:18 pm
Jace Jung hit a three-run homer and a solo shot to back Hunter Dobbins, who struck out eight over six shutout innings, leading No. 2-ranked Texas Tech past UNLV 11-3 in a nonconference baseball game Wednesday in Lubbock, Texas.
Brian Klein went 4-for-4 with a two-run double for the Red Raiders (13-1), who held a 17-8 edge in hits and swept the two-game set. Eric Bigani, who went 2-for-4 and scored a run, was the lone player with multiple hits for the Rebels (3-10), who had no extra-base hits.
Jung’s three-run blast put Texas Tech up 4-0 in the third inning. His solo shot came in the seventh, after UNLV had scored three runs in the top of the inning to get within 5-3.
Cody Masters went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer in the Red Raiders’ five-run eighth. Cal Conley went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI for Texas Tech, and teammate Dru Baker had a triple and a double.
Dobbins (2-0) allowed four hits and no walks. Rebels starter Troy Balko (0-1) gave up five runs, four earned, on eight hits and three walks over 4⅔ innings. He struck out two.
Senior Eric Samuelsson was named Mountain West player of the week for the second time this season after winning in singles and doubles when the Rebels (10-1) lost 4-3 at Arizona State.
Samuelsson downed No. 121-ranked Makey Rakotomalala 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 at No. 2 singles and teamed with Clayton Alenik for a 6-4 victory at No. 2 doubles.
Samuelsson also won the league’s weekly award on Feb. 12.