No. 8 Texas Takes Series With 8-1 Win Over Texas Tech
March 29, 2009
AUSTIN, Texas - No. 8 Texas scored runs in each of the first five innings while squashing two key offensive innings for the Red Raiders to take an 8-1 series-clinching win on Sunday afternoon at UFCU Disch Falk Field.
Texas Tech falls to 11-17 on the season and to 4-5 in Big 12 Conference play while Texas improves to 17-7 and to 4-5 in the league.
Texas scored two runs in the first and two in the second to build a 4-0 early lead. The Longhorns strung together four hits and drew two walks from Tech starter Nathan Karns in the two frames. Karns was replaced after just 1 2/3 innings and it marked the shortest outing of his Texas Tech career.
Sophomore catcher Jeremy Mayo put the Red Raiders on the board in the top of the third inning with a leadoff home run. The home run was his second of this series and his fifth of the year.
A pair of leadoff walks from Tech reliever Robbie Kilcrease proved fatal for the Red Raiders as the Longhorns extended their lead to 6-1. Texas left fielder Tant Shepherd made Kilcrease pay for the walks as he laced a two-RBI double off the wall in center field.
Nate Karns (1-3) took the loss for Texas Tech and now falls to just 4-10 all-time in his career. Austin Dicharry earned the win for the Longhorns and improved to 2-1 after holding Tech scoreless over 2 2/3 innings of relief.
Texas Tech will travel to Albuquerque late Monday afternoon to begin preparations for a two-game midweek set at No. 21 New Mexico. First pitch on Tuesday night against the Lobos is set for 7 p.m.
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