Dramatic Finish Gives Texas Tech 6-5 Victory Over No. 14 Baylor

Andre Wheeler went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in the series opener

Andre Wheeler went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in the series opener

March 18, 2011

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WACO, Texas - To say Texas Tech won in dramatic fashion would be an understatement, as the Red Raiders knocked off No. 14 Baylor on Barrett Barnes' full-extension diving catch in left-center field with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning at Baylor Ballpark Friday night.

The win marks the first-ever for Tech (13-6, 1-0 Big 12) to open Big 12 play in a road contest. The win also marks the Red Raiders first series opening win against Baylor (12-6, 0-1 Big 12) in Waco since 2001.

John Neely (3-0) pitched the final two innings to earn his third win of the season while six different Tech players drove in runs during the Red Raiders first road game of the season. Baylor reliever Kolt Browder (0-1) took the loss pitching 0.1 inning while allowing the winning run.

Texas Tech jumped all over Baylor ace Logan Verrett, knocking him out of the game after five innings with four runs on eight hits. The Red Raiders scored a run in the first and three runs in the second inning.

David Paiz singled home McGruder for the game's opening run in the top of the first and then Andre Wheeler and Reid Redman hit back-to-back doubles and McGruder tallied his second hit in as many innings to plate Redman to give Tech a 4-1 lead after two innings.

The Bears struck with two runs in the fourth while Tech starting pitcher Jamen Parten lasted five innings while scattering seven hits with a strikeout in the no-decision.

With Tech clinging to a one-run lead (4-3) a line-drive double off the left-field wall by Barnes scored Tech's fifth run of the game as Redman came around to score after leading off the frame with a hit-by-pitch.

Neither team scored in the seventh before Baylor scored two runs in the eighth on a run-scoring double and sacrifice fly to even the score at five.

Tech scored the eventual game-winning run in the ninth on Nick Popescu's sacrifice fly to center field, as Kelby Tomlinson scored after reaching base on a hit-by-pitch.

Baylor loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth against Neely with a single to center field by Brooks Pinckard and with an intentional walk to Max Muncy and a five-pitch walk to Josh Turley. With a full-count and two outs, and on the seventh pitch of the at-bat, Baylor catcher Joey Hainesfurther hit a fly ball to left-center field that Barnes was able to reach on a diving catch to end the game.

Texas Tech will look to win the series over Baylor with a Saturday matchup at 3 p.m. at Baylor Ballpark.




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