Comeback Falls Short, Tech Falls 14-13 at No. 14 Baylor
March 19, 2011
WACO, Texas - Texas Tech used a season-high 22 hits and erased a nine-run deficit in the top of the ninth inning before its comeback fell short in a 14-13 loss at No. 14 Baylor on Saturday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark.
Stephen Hagen went 5-for-6 and was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle while Bo Altobelli went 4-for-5 with three RBI leading Tech (13-7, 1-1 Big 12) to an almost unthinkable comeback by scoring nine runs (five with two outs) on nine hits in the ninth inning to tie the game at 13, as Baylor (13-6, 1-1 Big 12) held a 13-4 lead entering the ninth inning.
But the comeback fell short as Baylor started its own two-out rally in the bottom of the ninth and won the game on Josh Ludy's RBI single to right field, scoring Max Muncy, who reached base with two outs on a hit-by-pitch.
Baylor extended its ninth inning with a groundball base hit that looked to be a routine groundout to shortstop Kelby Tomlinson before taking a bad hop that sent the ball over Tomlinson's head. That play gave Baylor runners at first and second base and with Ludy coming to the plate.
The game lasted 3 hours and 37 minutes, Tech's longest (minutes) game of the season. The Red Raiders used seven pitchers while Baylor threw four pitchers in the contest.
Both teams scored a pair of runs in the first before Baylor plated four unearned runs in an unorthodox second inning that included a sacrifice bunt that ended up giving Baylor a run after two Red Raider errors were committed, and then an inside-the-park homer by Chris Slater scored another two runs in the frame.
A run in the third and four runs in the fourth gave the Bears an 11-2 advantage before Tech scored on Jamodrick McGruder's fielder's choice in the sixth and on Hagen's solo homer to left - his third homer of the season - in the seventh.
Tech's ninth inning saw 12 batters come to the plate while six singles were tallied with three doubles, including Hagen's third extra-base hit of the game - a double - that hit off the top of the left-field wall.
Altobelli doubled in his first at-bat in the ninth to score Tech's first run of the inning. He came back around to tie the game with a two-run single through the right side before being thrown out at second base while trying to advance on the throw to home plate.
McGruder went 3-for-5 with a run scored and three RBI, left fielder Mason Randolph went 2-for-5 with two doubles, David Paiz went 2-for-5 with an RBI and Barrett Barnes went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored with an RBI. In addition, right fielder Jordan Lopez tallied his first career hit - and RBI single during Tech's nine-run ninth inning.
Overall, Tech had 10 players record a base hit, nine players score a run and eight players post at least one RBI.
Texas Tech will look to win the series against Baylor on Sunday with a 1 p.m. first pitch at Baylor Ballpark.