Texas Tech Falls 3-1 in Series Finale at West Virginia|
Gutierrez went 2-for-3 during the series finale on Saturday
March 23, 2013
CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Texas Tech's ninth-inning rally fell short during a 3-1 loss in the series finale at West Virginia on Saturday evening at Appalachian Power Park.
The Red Raiders (16-10, 3-3 Big 12) lost the series as the Mountaineers (10-13, 3-3 Big 12) won their first-ever Big 12 series as both teams combined for just eight base hits in the two hour and 14 minute contest. Tech won the first game of Saturday's doubleheader for its lone victory on the weekend, 6-4.
Tech starting pitcher Matt Withrow (2-2) took the loss allowing just one run on two hits with four strikeouts and two walks in four innings of work. Red Raider reliever Corey Taylor also allowed two hits and one earned run in four innings of work with a strikeout and two walks.
West Virginia starting pitcher John Means (3-1) went 8.1 innings with four strikeouts in the win. WVU reliever Dan Dierdorff notched his first save while recording the final out of the game.
Trailing 3-0 going into the ninth inning, Tech had a lead-off walk from Eric Gutierrez and a hit-by-pitch by Jake Barrios to give the Red Raiders a pair of base runners with one out. A wild pitch sent both Gutierrez and Barrios into scoring position for shortstop Tim Proudfoot who scored Gutierrez with an RBI single to left field.
The Red Raiders loaded the bases on catcher Elliot Richoux' hit-by-pitch, but then WVU brought in Dierdorff who got Tech center fielder Brett Bell to fly out to center field to end the game.
Tech was led at the plate by Gutierrez (2-for-3, run) and Proudfoot (2-for-4, RBI) - as they were the only two Red Raiders with a base hit in the game.
West Virginia plated runs in the fourth, sixth and eighth innings.
The Mountaineers scored the first run of the game on a solo homer from third baseman Ryan Tuntland to lead off the fourth inning. A leadoff double by left fielder Jacob Rice turned into a run on an RBI single through the right side in the sixth and an unearned run was plated in the eighth inning.
Tech will continue its four-game road trip on Monday, March 25 with a non-conference, midweek game at New Mexico State in Las Cruces, N.M. at 7 p.m. CT at Presley Askew Field.