Slow Start Haunts Red Raiders in 4-3 Loss to UNLV
March 2, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech was held without a hit through five innings as UNLV snapped the Red Raiders' three-game win streak with a 4-3 victory in the two team's midweek finale at Dan Law Field Wednesday afternoon.
Texas Tech (8-2) scored all three of its runs in the third inning - sparked by Barrett Barnes' second home run of the season, but it wasn't enough as Rebels (8-2) starting pitcher Scott Dysinger led the way giving up only two hits in 5.2 innings.
Red Raiders starting pitcher Ben Flora (0-1) took the loss in his third start of the season. Flora allowed all four of UNLV's runs on seven hits with one strikeout while not issuing a walk.
Both teams' scored all of its runs in one time at the plate, as UNLV jumped out to a 4-0 lead scoring four runs in the third and Texas Tech notched all three of its runs in the sixth inning.
Five singles, including back-to-back hits to lead off the third, plated UNLV's runs while sending seven batters to the plate.
Dysinger, meanwhile, kept the Red Raiders off balance retiring 11 consecutive Tech batters from the first to fourth inning. He then issued a walk to first baseman Stephen Hagen, but got out of the jam with a groundball double play and then getting Tech freshman David Paiz to fly out to right field.
Tech third baseman Reid Redman broke up the no-hit bid to lead off the sixth inning with a double to left field. After two outs were made, shortstop Kelby Tomlinson drove in Redman with a single to left field to cut the deficit to three runs.
The next batter was Barnes who launched his 16th career home run over the left-center field wall to cut the lead to one. With the hit, Barnes extended his career-high hit streak to 15 games.
That would be as close as Tech would come as only three base runners (one each inning) would reach base the rest of the game. UNLV reliever Zack Hartman earned a two-inning save - his second save of the season - allowing just one base hit with a strikeout.
Texas Tech will now prepare for a three-game weekend series hosting No. 8 TCU (4-4). The series begins on Friday with a 5:30 p.m. first pitch and will follow on Saturday (5 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) at Dan Law Field.