Red Raiders Fall 13-12 in Wild Series Finale
March 10, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech lost its series finale against UT Arlington, 13-12, on Sunday afternoon in a wild slugfest that had a combined 24 base hits, seven multiple run half innings and 11 total pitchers that saw action at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
The Red Raiders (10-7) won the non-conference series over the Mavericks (9-6) after winning games one and two of the weekend set.
UT Arlington reliever John Beck (1-0) picked up his first win of the season pitching the final 1.2 innings with two strikeouts while giving up just two base hits.
Tech reliever Jerad McCrummen (0-2) took the loss allowing the game-winning run to reach base with a lead-off double in the ninth and then eventually come around the score on a bases-loaded walk later in the frame.
In a back-and-forth contest, UT Arlington jumped out to a 7-1 lead after the top of the third. Tech found its way back in the game and tied the game at 7-7 with a six-run bottom of the third inning, which was sparked by a two-run home run by junior third baseman Jake Barrios.
The Red Raiders continued scoring runs and actually pushed across 10 unanswered runs with two runs in both the fourth (both scored on an error) and fifth (two-run RBI single by Devon Conley) to grab an 11-7 advantage.
The Mavericks then answered with five runs on five hits a walk and a hit-by-pitch in the sixth and seventh innings combined, to regain the lead, 12-11.
Tech tied the game in the bottom of the eighth on designated hitter Elliot Richoux' RBI single through the right side to even the score at 12-12.
Back-to-back base hits by UT Arlington in the top of the ninth inning got things started before a groundout and intentional walk gave the Mavericks the bases loaded with one out.
Red Raider reliever Andre Wheeler struck out Darien McLemore for the second out before yielding an eight-pitch, bases-loaded walk to UTA center fielder Jake Pinchback, which scored the game-winning run.
Tech, who scored in five separate innings, was led at the plate by Conley (2-for-4, 3 RBI), second baseman Bryant Burleson (2-for-4, 2 runs) and Barrios (1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBI) who hit his first career home run - a two-run shot - in the third inning.
Red Raider freshman starting pitcher Matt Withrow had a no decision after going three innings with five strikeouts while allowing seven runs on five hits with two walks.
Texas Tech will complete its five-game homestand hosting Utah Valley for a two-game midweek series, March, 12-13, at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park. The Red Raiders and Wolverines will have a 6:30 p.m. first pitch on both Tuesday and Wednesday.