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Kody Clemens hits two homers as Longhorns top Texas Tech

Posted May 4th, 2018

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Kody Clemens hit two home runs in one game for the first time in his career as the Longhorns baseball team defeated Texas Tech 12-6 in Lubbock on Friday night.

The Longhorns hit four total homers in the game. The win adds some separation between the squads as Texas improves to 13-6 in the Big 12 and Tech falls to 11-8. Both trail Oklahoma State, which boasts a 15-3 record in conference.

In addition to hitting his 15th home run of the season, Clemens went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBIs. David Hamilton and D.J. Petrinsky each hit a home run as well. Hamilton finished 1-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Petrinsky went 2-for-5 with two runs scored, a double and two RBIs.

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Texas Tech took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a ground out by Josh Jung. Gabe Holt was able to score on the play. Holt singled to start the bottom half of the first frame. He then was able to move to third on an error due to a failed pickoff attempt.

Ryan Reynolds kick-started the offense for No. 24 Longhorns in the next inning, doubling to get into scoring position with one out. One out later, Tate Shaw singled and advanced to second on a throwing error. Reynolds was able to score on the play to tie it up. He finished 1-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Texas busted the game open with a six-run outburst in the third. Duke Ellis hit a triple before Kody Clemens singled to drive him home to give Texas the lead. After Zach Zubia drew a walk, Hamilton hit a three-run home run to put Texas up 5-1.

The Longhorns weren’t done, however. D.J. Petrinsky hit a home run of his own with Reynolds aboard to give Texas a 7-1 lead heading to the bottom of the third.

The No. 9 Red Raiders had won six straight before Oklahoma defeated them on Apr. 22. Since then, Tech had lost four of its last six contests entering Friday’s game.

Tech responded with two runs in home half of the third inning, but the teams went scoreless over the next three frames.

Texas eventually added another run in the seventh on Clemens’ first homer.

The bottom of the seventh is when the Red Raiders started to rally. Holt doubled to start the inning and later scored on an error to cut the lead to four runs.

Grant Little doubled to score Brian Klein to make it 8-5 and chase Nolan Kingham from the mound. Josh Sawyer came on in relief for Texas and it didn’t go well. Sawyer walked the first two batters he faced and was pulled in favor of Parker Joe Robinson. Robinson induced a ground out but Little scored on the play. A fly out ended the inning as Robinson limited the damage.

Despite exiting the game, Kingham earned the win as he allowed six runs on 11 hits through 6 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked two. Tech starter Davis Martin suffered the loss, allowing seven runs on nine hits in six innings.

Texas went to work adding insurance in the top of the eighth. Petrinsky doubled and was moved over to third on a sac bunt by Shaw. Petrinsky then scored on a wild pitch by John Henry Gonzalez. The Longhorns then added three more runs in the ninth, including Clemens’ second home run.

The Longhorns baseball team will go for the series win Saturday at 1 p.m.

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