No. 3 Indiana drops third straight to Texas Tech

After losing both ends of a double-header to Texas Tech on Saturday, the Hoosiers also lost 6-0 to the Red Raiders in the series finale on Sunday, falling to 1-3 on the young season. The release from IU athletics follows.

LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech reliever Cameron Smith worked six innings of shutout baseball, guiding the Red Raiders (3-1) to a 7-0 win over #3 Indiana (1-3) in the series finale. The Hoosiers took the season opener, 1-0, before dropping the next three contests inside Rip Griffin Park.

Casey Rodrigue led off the game with a single and was followed by a walk for Kyle Schwarber to put two on with no outs. Starting pitcher Ty Damron then induced a ground ball double play and got Scott Donley to fly out, squandering the early threat.

It was much the same in inning number two when a pair of Hoosiers reached before an out was recorded. Despite chasing Damron out of the game after just one inning and a batter faced in the second, Indiana once again failed to capitalize and came away empty handed. The Hoosiers mustered two more base runners in the third frame, stranding them on the corners.

Meanwhile, Texas Tech notched runs in the first, second and fifth innings while pushing in a pair of tallies during the third and seventh innings. Lanky lefty Jonny Drozd wrapped up the final two innings of relief, posting his second scoreless appearance of the series.

It’s back to the road for Indiana next weekend, traveling to Surprise, Ariz., to compete in the Aramark Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge. The Cream and Crimson are slated for three games against Washington, Utah and #2 Oregon State (Feb. 21-23).

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