Tech Falls in 12 Innings to La Salle in Series Opener|
March 1, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech was held to one run during the final 10 innings of the series opener while La Salle defeated the Red Raiders 6-5 in 12 innings on Friday at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Texas Tech (5-5) was held to just two base hits and without a run during the final seven innings as it lost its first home game of the season. The Explorers were led by three relievers who combined for eight innings pitched allowing just one run with six strikeouts.
Red Raider sophomore right-handed pitcher Corey Taylor (1-2) took the loss allowing the winning run to score in the top of the 12th inning. La Salle reliever Pat Christensen (1-0) was dominating out of the bullpen throwing five shutout innings without allowing a base hit with five strikeouts and a walk.
Red Raider reliever Jerad McCrummen pitched a career-high four shutout innings allowing four base hits with two strikeouts.
Tech plated four runs in the second inning with two base hits and taking advantage of three walks and a hit-by-pitch.
Junior shortstop Jake Barrios drove in Tech's first run with a single through the right side and a batter later junior center fielder Devon Conley scored catcher Jarrard Poteete with an RBI groundout to second base. Left fielder Zach Davis, who reached base via walk, and Barrios came around to score on Burleson's RBI single to left field, which gave Tech a 4-0 lead.
La Salle chased Red Raider starting pitcher Dominic Moreno in the fifth inning with three runs on four base hits, including a two-run double to cut Tech's lead to a run, 4-3.
Gutierrez doubled to lead off the Red Raider fifth and later scored on a two-out RBI double by Poteete to give Tech a 5-3 lead.
La Salle tied the game with a two-run RBI single in the top of the eighth inning by shortstop Kevin Baron (2-for-4).
The Red Raiders, meanwhile, had only two players reach base the remainder of the game as reserve third baseman Tim Proudfoot walked in the 10th and Davis led off the 11th with a hit-by-pitch.
La Salle scored the game-winning run in the 12th inning as first baseman Joey Ravert walked to lead off the inning and later scored on a two-out RBI single by right fielder Derek Pruncnal.
Tech and La Salle will continue its weekend series on Saturday with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park in Lubbock.