Texas Tech 9, Texas 1
Why Texas (24-23, 9-11) lost: The Horns put a runner on base in XX innings, but couldn’t deliver the big hit. In the first, Michael Cantu grounded into a double play with Ben Johnson on third. In the third, Brooks Marlow was stranded at third on Tres Barrera’s groundout. In the fifth, Tech starter Cameron Smith froze Zane Gurwitz with a wicked breaking ball, stranding two runners in scoring position. It wasn’t until the eighth that Texas got on the board when Zane Gurwitz doubled to left-center with Ben Johnson on second.
Why Texas Tech (28-20, 11-9) won: The Red Raiders did not score in the first 14 innings of the series before exploding for four runs in Saturday’s sixth. Three straight singles loaded the bases against Texas LHP Ty Culbreth. The next four batters got a RBI, the final coming on Bryant Bureleson’s two-out double to left-center that scored Eric Gutierrez from first base. They got five more runs batting around in the seventh. With the bases loaded, Stephen Smith sent Chad Hollingsworth’s 3-1 offering over the bullpen in left field. Orlando Garcia followed later in the inning with a RBI up the middle against Jake McKenzie.
Key stat: After a leadoff out, Tech put seven of eight batters on base in its five-run seventh.
On deck: Texas Tech, 1 p.m. Sunday, 1300, LHN.
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