Texas Tech improves to 11-9 on the
season and to 2-3 in the Big 12 while
For the second consecutive night, the Longhorns staked an early lead as they plated single runs in the first and second innings to grab a 2-0 lead. In the top of the first, Tech starter AJ Ramos walked the leadoff batter, Michael Torres, and he eventually scored on a groundout double play ball hit by Brandon Belt.
Trailing 3-0, the Texas Tech offense went to work in the bottom half of the fifth and was sparked by center fielder Tanner Rindels. Following a one-out walk by Monk Kreder, Rindels blasted a two-run homer over the right field wall to plate Tech’s first two runs of the game and pull the Red Raiders within one. Sophomore shortstop Chris Hall evened the score when he delivered a clutch two-out single to right that scored Willie Rueda from second.
The Red Raiders took advantage of a couple of wild Longhorn relievers in Chance Ruffin and Stayton Thomas and ended up plating three runs on just one hit but drew four walks and a hit-batter. Texas walked in the tying run and the go-ahead run scored when Thomas tagged Taylor Ashby in the helmet and the Red Raiders took a 5-4 lead. Tech plated one more run to take a 6-4 lead on a perfectly placed RBI bunt single by Rindels.
After tacking on an insurance run on a RBI double by Jason Seefeld in the bottom of the seventh, the Red Raiders rode the arm of reliever Zach Stewart who earned his third save of the year.
James Leverton (1-2) picked up the
win in relief for Tech as he pitched a scoreless inning of relief while Stewart
earned the save after allowing just one unearned run over 2 2/2 innings. Chance Ruffin was charged with the loss for
R H E
WP = James Leverton (1-2)
LP = Chance Ruffin (2-1)
SV = Zach Stewart (3)