Courtesy of Texas Tech.
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech won its fourth straight game and captured its first series sweep of the season with a 10-9 victory over Houston in 12 innings on Sunday afternoon at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Holding a 9-1 lead after seven innings, Tech (22-15) allowed six runs in the eighth and two in the ninth to the Cougars (12-21-1), who battled back to extend the game into extra-innings.
Junior outfielder Nick Hanslik led off the 12th inning with an infield single and four batter later scored the game-winning run on center fielder Barrett Barnes' walk-off infield single to the shortstop, giving Tech its first three-game non-conference series sweep since 2006 (UNC-Asheville).
Hanslik, in his first start of the season, led the way for Tech going 4-for-6 with two runs and two RBI. Sophomore catcher Mason Randolph also had four hits going 4-for-5 with two runs scored while Jamodrick McGruder (2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBI), Barnes (2-for-7, 2 RBI), Scott LeJeune (3-for-6, 2 doubles, 2 runs, RBI) and Stephen Hagen (2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI) all finished with multi-hit games.
Earning the win for the Red Raiders was junior reliever Jerad McCrummen (2-1) who pitched the final 2.2 innings without allowing a runner to reach second base and facing only one batter over the minimum with two strikeouts.
Taking the loss for Houston was Codey Morehouse (1-2) who started the game at first base and then pitched the final 4.2 innings for the Cougars allowing one run on six hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
The Red Raiders and Cougars combined for 19 runs, 32 base hits and 10 relief pitchers in the contest that lasted four hours and 12 minutes.
Tech jumped out to a 6-1 lead after Hagen blasted his first home run of the season (10th career) and Hanslik and Randolph came around to score on McGruder's double to center field in the fourth inning.
The Red Raiders added three runs in the seventh to take a 9-1 lead following RBI singles from Barnes, LeJeune and Hanslik.
The game got interesting in the top of the eighth when Houston sent nine batters to the plate while scoring six runs (two unearned, six team unearned) on three hits - the big one a three-run homer from pinch hitter Casey Grayson.
Tech reliever Andre Wheeler started the eighth before the Red Raiders brought in Aaron Corwin and Brennan Stewart in the inning as Houston made the score 9-7.
The Cougars then tied the game in the top of the ninth. Tech closer Shane Broyles retired the first two batters in the inning, but Houston followed with two singles and a two-run triple by Morehouse. Broyles got out of the inning with the score tied while getting a ground-ball out to shortstop Tim Proudfoot with the bases loaded.
After Tech couldn't score in the bottom of the ninth, neither team tallied a run in the 10th or 11th innings, before the Red Raiders scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the 12th.
Texas Tech will conclude its season-long, 10-game homestand on Tuesday (6 p.m.) and Wednesday (1 p.m.) hosting New Mexico for a two-game midweek series at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.