Tech Falls Short Against Baylor, 2-1|
March 31, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas - Baylor's Ryan LaMotta pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings and Zach Dillon's RBI single in the eighth proved to be the game winner as the 24th-ranked Bears took the series opener over Texas Tech 2-1 on Friday evening in front of 3,971 fans at Dan Law Field.
The loss drops Texas Tech to 20-10 overall 2-4 in the Big 12 and the Red Raiders have now dropped three-straight Big 12 contests. Baylor improves to 19-8 and 4-3 in league play.
Tonight's game was a true pitcher's duel between Ryan LaMotta (4-2) and Tech starter Miles Morgan (4-3) but it was LaMotta who got the much needed run support to help pace Baylor to the 2-1 win. Morgan pitched his second consecutive complete game at Dan Law Field but came up on the losing end despite finishing the night with 11 strikeouts.
Two controversial calls involving Willie Rueda on the base paths ultimately cost Morgan his needed run support as both squashed Tech rallies in the sixth and the eighth innings. Rueda was picked off at first after leading off with a walk in the sixth inning and back-to-back hits by Brian Capps and Tyler Reves cost the Red Raiders their first run of the game.
In the eighth, Tech had runners at first and second with no outs and a fly ball hit to center by Capps ultimately turned into a double play as Rueda was called out on a close play at third.
For the third time this season, the Red Raiders broke up a potential shutout attempt as Tech rallied for a single run in the bottom of the ninth. Blair Wilkins reached on a one out single and moved to second on a groundout by Joey Callender. Wilkins then moved to third on a balk by Baylor reliever Nick Cassavechia and that set up an RBI single by Trey Stewart. Stewart's RBI single gave him his second hit of the game and he finished the nigh 2-for-4.
Texas Tech will try and even up this three-game series on Saturday afternoon when the two teams get together for a 2 p.m. first pitch. The Dan Law Field Ticket Office will open at noon.