Texas Tech ran into a Duke team Sunday night that again refused to be eliminated in the NCAA Tournament.
The Blue Devils claimed their fifth consecutive victory in a tournament elimination game with a convincing 11-2 triumph over the Red Raiders in Game 2 of the Lubbock Super Regional.
Duke (45-17) hammered 16 hits to take another step closer to its first College World Series appearance since 1961.
Texas Tech will be aiming for its third trip to Omaha in five seasons.
The Duke offensive show means there will be a winner-take-all Game 3 at 4 p.m. Monday. The winner advances to the College World Series in Omaha. The loser will have its season end.
The Blue Devils were lethal in clutch hitting situations Sunday night against the Red Raiders (43-18). Duke hit .500 with runners on base and .471 with runners in scoring position.
Texas Tech’s offense, which ranks second nationally in runs scored, slugging percentage and on-base percentage, never could get going. The Red Raiders were blanked by winning pitcher Graeme Stinson, who pitched a career-best 6 innings for the victory.
Stinson scattered 5 hits, walking 2 and striking out 6.
Duke jumped on losing pitcher Caleb Killian early with four runs in the fourth inning.
Joey Loperfido started the scoring with a two-run triple. Max Miller and Chris Crabtree slammed a one-out double to add more scoring in the early uprising.
The Blue Devils blew the game open with six runs in the fifth inning. Duke sent 12 men to the plate in the inning, with Miller’s bases-loaded triple the biggest blow.
Miller finished with 4 RBI and Loperfido chipped with 3 RBI on a 3-for-3 night.
By the fifth inning, the Red Raiders were facing their biggest home deficit of the season.
They broke through for single runs in the seventh and eighth innings. It was the most runs scored against a Texas Tech team since allowing 12 against Arizona State in 2001.