Costly Miscues Lead to Tech's First Loss of the Season
Feb. 25, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - Junior Daniel Coulombe struck out nine batters and freshman reliever Trey Masek struck out four in three innings but it wasn't enough as Texas Tech lost its first game of the season, 8-3, to BYU on Friday evening at Dan Law Field in the second day of the Brooks Wallace Memorial Classic.
The Red Raiders (5-1) committed four errors while BYU (3-3) secured its first victory over Tech since 1998 with four runs in the final two innings.
Coulombe suffered his first loss of the season pitching 5.0 innings and allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks despite posting the most strikeouts (nine) for a Tech pitcher this season.
Cougars starting pitcher Mark Anderson notched his first win of the season pitching 5.0 innings while scattering eight hits and giving up three walks while striking out two while yielding two runs.
BYU reliever Matthew Neil pitched the final 2.2 innings for his first save of the season while striking out five batters.
Barrett Barnes, who extended his team-leading 11-game hit streak with a single in the first inning, got Tech on the board in the first frame with his run scoring single. That evened the game at one run after BYU scored a run in the top of the first inning on a triple by Ryan Bernal.
Barnes went 2-for-4 and first baseman Stephen Hagen went 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead Tech at the plate. Sophomore Bo Altobelli went 1-for-1 while reaching base four times with three walks and a single.
Freshman Jordan Lopez hit into a double play which plated first baseman Stephen Hagen in the second inning to give Tech its only lead of the game, 2-1. It was also the last run Texas Tech would score until the seventh inning.
BYU took the lead for good scoring three runs (two earned) on two base hits in the fifth inning for a 4-2 advantage.
Texas Tech's offense struggled in the final four innings tallying only one base (single by Nick Popescu) and leaving five runners on base.
BYU was led by four players who recorded multi-hit games, including Andrew Law (2-for-4, 2 RBI) and Jaycob Brugman (2-for-5, 2 RBI).
Texas Tech will continue play in the Brooks Wallace Memorial Classic on Saturday taking on Northern Illinois at 4 p.m. at Dan Law Field.
Brooks Wallace Memorial Classic - Game 2