Red Raiders Drop Midweek Series Opener at FIU, 9-7|
Burleson has a career-high eight-game hitting streak
Feb. 25, 2013
MIAMI - A ninth-inning comeback attempt came up short as Texas Tech fell 9-7 at Florida International on Monday evening during the midweek series opener at FIU Baseball Stadium.
The Red Raiders (4-4) scored four runs on four base hits in the ninth inning, but it wasn't enough as FIU (7-1) had four multiple run innings and took advantage of four Red Raider fielding errors in the victory.
Tech starting pitcher Matt Withrow (1-1) took the loss in four innings of work with four strikeouts while giving up six runs (5 ER) on nine base hits with two walks allowed.
FIU starter Ty Sullivan (2-1) struck out six and scattered eight base hits while allowing three runs and three walks. FIU closer Michael Gomez notched his fourth save while finishing the game with 1.2 innings pitched while allowing four runs on four base hits.
Sophomore second baseman Bryant Burleson led the Red Raiders with a career-high four base hits going 4-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI while improving his team-leading hit streak to eight games.
Freshman third baseman Alec Humphreys (3-for-5, 2 RBI) had his first career three-hit performance while center fielder Devon Conley (2-for-4, RBI) and first baseman Scott LeJeune (2-for-5, RBI) each had multi-hit games.
The Red Raiders took a 3-2 lead in the top of the third inning while plating runs in each of the first three frames. Burleson drove in Tech's first run in the first with an RBI single, Conley and senior left fielder Brennan Moore had sacrifice flies in the second and third innings, respectively, to give Tech an early lead.
The Panthers, who out-hit the Red Raiders 16-14, capitalized on a Tech throwing error in the fourth and second baseman T.J. Shantz added a home run in the fifth which led to FIU taking a 6-3 lead.
FIU added three runs in the eighth inning, which came off of three base hits and one play that saw two Red Raider throwing errors lead to a pair of runs.
Tech never gave in as it scored four runs in the ninth. LeJeune scored a run on an RBI single, pinch hitter Todd Ritchie grounded to first for an RBI and Humphreys' third base hit drove in a pair of runs.
Both teams combined for 30 base hits and 23 base runners left on base.
The Red Raiders and Panthers will conclude their midweek series on Tuesday, Feb. 27, with a 2 p.m. CT first pitch at FIU Baseball Stadium in Miami.