Texas Tech competed hard with Texas but dropped the deciding game of the series 5-2 in extra innings Sunday at Rip Griffin Park.
The Longhorns earned their first series win in over a year this weekend but it wasn't just handed to them. Through eight and a half innings the score remained 2-0 Texas until the Red Raiders shook things up in the bottom of the ninth.
The Longhorns roughed up starting pitcher Chris Sadberry early by getting runs in the first and third innings. After the first two runs the Red Raiders shut down Texas for eight consecutive innings. Sadberry threw five and a third innings allowed eight hits and two runs but recorded five strikeouts. Four relief pitchers followed Sadberry but the most notable was Ryan Moseley, who pitched four innings and allowed no runs and only three hits and had three strikeouts.
The Texas Tech offense struggled especially compared to Saturday's outburst where every starting player got a hit. Texas pitching staff did a good job of almost shutting out the Red Raiders and getting out of tough situations. In multiple innings Tech stranded base runners and this was due to a good Texas defense, which allowed eight hits but only two were turned into runs.
"It was a little frustrating," Humphreys said. "They made some good pitches and we didn't hit the ball where we needed to. We hit it right at them, the ball just didn't fall our way."
Texas Tech turned things around in the bottom of the ninth by scoring on a stolen home plate to tie the game. Zach Davis came in to pinch run and as the count got to two strikes with two outs he stole home to tie the score at 2-2.
Unfortunately, the Red Raiders couldn't get ahead of Texas in the extra innings.
"Just trying to win the game," Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock said. "Their guy was in the wind up and I wish I would have made other decisions the right way."
The Red Raiders competed hard against Texas and Tadlock said he was proud of the fight they put up this weekend. Texas Tech will keep moving on and looks to play New Mexico on Tuesday in Midland.
"I don't think this defines our season," Tadlock said. "I think what we do at the end defines our season and we learned a lot of things today."
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