Defense Costs Tech In 10-4 Loss At Texas State|
March 25, 2009
SAN MARCOS, Texas - Texas Tech committed four defensive errors and allowed six unearned runs and that spelled disaster for the Red Raiders as they fell to Texas State 10-4 in front of a season-high crowd of 1,560 at Bobcat Field on Wednesday evening.
The loss snaps a two-game win streak by the Red Raiders as they fall to 10-15 on the season while Texas State improves to 13-8 and has now won three in a row. The Red Raiders now turn their attention to a key weekend Big 12 series in Austin against the eighth-ranked Texas Longhorns. First pitch at UFCU-Disch Falk Field on Friday night is set for 6 p.m.
Tech's four defensive errors on the night tied the season high for the club while their six unearned runs were the most allowed this year. Coincidentally, the last time Tech allowed 5-plus unearned runs was on this exact date back in 2007, in the series finale at Baylor.
The Red Raiders found themselves in a big hole early as Texas State stormed out to a 5-0 lead in the bottom half of the first inning. After the Bobcats scored single runs on an RBI single and a sacrifice fly, Kyle Kubitza crushed a three-run home run (all three runs were unearned) over the fence in right-center field. The Bobcat inning came at the end of a 21-minute weather delay that began directly after Tech's third out of the first inning.
Junior right fielder Taylor Ashby put Tech on the board for the first time in the top of the fourth. Ashby delivered a clutch RBI single into right field that scored freshman second baseman Garrett Totten, who reached on a leadoff walk. Ashby drove in the final run of the LCU game on Monday night and gave Tech its first run tonight on what was his 18th RBI of the year.
A costly fielding error by Tech shortstop Joey Kenworthy led to Texas State plating two more runs in the inning to extend its lead to 7-1. What should have been an inning-ending double play ball hit right at Kenworthy by Paul Goldschmidt, instead rolled right through his legs and into left-center field for the second error of the game by the Tech defense. The fielding error allowed Jason Martinson to score after he led off the inning with a double down the left field line. Keith Prestridge drove in the second and final run of the frame with sacrifice fly to deep right-center.
Freshman RHP Colt Farrar (0-1), who made his first career start, took the loss for the Red Raiders after giving up five runs (two earned) on six hits over three innings of work. Matt Steiner (1-1) earned the win for Texas State as he logged a season-high five innings of work and held the Red Raiders to just one run on four hits and struckout three.