Tech Wins Series Over No. 14 Baylor with 10-6 Comeback Victory
March 20, 2011
WACO, Texas - Texas Tech scored seven runs in the final four innings to comeback from a 6-3 deficit to defeat No. 14 Baylor to win the Big 12 opening weekend series with a 10-6 win on Sunday in 10 innings at Baylor Ballpark.
The victory on Sunday gives Tech its first series win at Baylor since 2001 and it is only the second - first since 1997 - Big 12 opening weekend series win on the road in program history.
The Red Raiders (14-7, 2-1 Big 12), who tallied 51 hits in the three-game series, pounded out 19 hits in the game while Barrett Barnes, Andre Wheeler and Reid Redman all posted three hits apiece in the victory. Baylor (13-7, 1-2 Big 12) finished with eight hits on the afternoon.
Texas Tech fell behind 6-3 after six innings of action, but similar to Saturday's game, had plenty of heroics left in them for the stretch run.
Stephen Hagen, who finished 2-for-5 with a double and RBI, drove in Barnes (doubled) in the seventh inning to cut Baylor's lead to 6-4.
An inning later, the Red Raiders scored on Kelby Tomlinson's groundout to the pitcher. Tech then trailed 6-5 going into the ninth inning before freshman Andre Wheeler singled to left field to score pinch runner and Saturday's starting pitcher Trey Masek to tie the game at six.
The Tech bullpen, meanwhile, shutdown the Baylor offense as five Red Raider relievers combined pitched 4.2 innings scoreless inning without allowing a base hit, issuing just two walks and striking out four batters.
The Red Raiders, who rallied and scored nine runs in the ninth inning on Saturday to take the game into the bottom of the ninth after trailing 13-4, plated four runs on two hits in the top of the 10th inning in Sunday's contest to take the lead for good. Baylor pitchers contributed three walks in the inning, one of which was intentional.
Tech's 10th inning actually began with three consecutive strikeouts, but the second strikeout, saw Barnes reach first base on a wild pitch. Hagen was intentionally walked to put runners at first and second base. A four-pitch walk to Williams loaded the bases for catcher Bo Altobelli.
Altobelli was issued a full-count walk which scored the go-ahead run.
Tech followed with a two-run single from Wheeler and an infield RBI single from Redman to give Tech the 10-6 advantage.
Tech reliever John Neely (4-0) received the win pitching a perfect ninth inning. Baylor closer Brooks Pinckard took the loss pitching 2.2 innings allowing six hits and five runs with six strikeouts and three walks.