AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Tech dropped game two of its three-game series to Texas on Saturday as a ninth-inning, walk-off double gave the Longhorns a 2-1 victory in front of a season-high 6,842 fans in attendance at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
The Red Raiders (13-8, 1-1 Big 12) scored its only run in the third inning while the Longhorns (12-6, 1-1 Big 12) improved to 12-3 at home this season.
Texas Tech freshman Johnathon Tripp (0-1) took the loss allowing the game-winning run in the ninth inning on a walk and then a double by catcher Jacob Felts, which was a line drive over the head and glove of center fielder Brett Bell, which allowed first baseman Madison Carter to score all the way from first base.
UT reliever Corey Knebel (2-1) earned the win as he struck out both batters he faced in the ninth inning with the bases loaded.
Both starting pitchers took no decisions as Texas Tech's Trey Masek and Texas' Dillon Peters faced off in a pitcher's duel from the start.
Masek saw his 32 consecutive scoreless innings streak come to an end in the first inning as the Longhorns scored their first run of the series on three base hits. The big hit in the first came from third baseman Erich Weiss' RBI single to center field which drove in lead-off hitter Weston Hall, who led off the Longhorns first with a single to left field.
Peters, meanwhile, gave up his only run of the game in the third inning as Tech had its first two runners reach base on a walk and hit-by-pitch and then manufactured a run on Devon Conley's chopper out in front of home plate to the catcher to even the game at 1-1.
From the second to eighth inning, both teams combined for just five base hits.
Masek pitched eight innings allowing just one run on six hits with six strikeouts and allowed four walks. Peters pitched 8.1 innings with seven strikeouts and three walks while scattering five base hits.
Tech had an opportunity late to take the lead in the eighth inning while a one-out rally consisted of second baseman Bryant Burleson's double down the right-field line, an intentional walk to first baseman Eric Gutierrez and a single to center field by catcher Jarrard Poteete to load the bases.
That's when Texas made a pitching change and brought in Knebel, who followed with back-to-back strikeouts while getting shortstop Tim Proudfoot and catcher Mason Randolph swinging to end the inning.
The Red Raiders and Longhorns will play the third and deciding game of the series on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin.