Texas Tech Drops Series Opener to No. 25 Texas, 7-4|
April 5, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech dropped its Big 12 series opener 7-4 against No. 25 Texas on Thursday evening in front of 3,216 fans at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
The Red Raiders (17-14, 2-8 Big 12) took a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning on junior first baseman Scott LeJeune's three-run homer to right-center field, but the Longhorns (16-11, 6-1 Big 12) followed with five unanswered runs while holding Tech scoreless in the final four innings of the game.
Tech sophomore right-handed pitcher Trey Masek carried a perfect game through four innings and finished his second start of the season going five innings and giving up three runs (two earned) on one hit with two strikeouts and four walks in the no decision.
Senior right-handed pitcher Brennan Stewart (0-1) took the loss pitching 0.1 innings while giving up three runs on three Longhorn hits.
Texas starting pitcher Nathan Thornhill (4-2) earned the win pitching six innings with four strikeouts while allowing four runs on five hits with two walks.
Red Raider second baseman Jamodrick McGruder went 2-for-5 with his Big 12 leading sixth triple of the season and junior center fielder Barrett Barnes went 2-for-3 with an RBI double and an intentional walk while reaching base in three of four plate appearances.
Texas scored all of its runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
Tech left fielder Brennan Moore doubled with one out in the third and came around to score on Barnes' double off the top of the left-center field wall, giving the Red Raiders a 1-0 lead.
Texas had a pair of walks that came around to score in the fifth inning, giving the Longhorns a 2-1 advantage going into the bottom of the fifth.
With two outs, McGruder tripled to right center and Barnes followed with an intentional walk to put runners on the corner for LeJeune in the bottom of the fifth. LeJeune hit a 1-2 pitch into the visitor's bullpen for his first home run of the season and the seventh of his career while leading Tech to a 4-2 lead.
The Longhorns sent nine batters to the plate in the sixth, which included two walks and four base hits while scoring four runs to take a 6-4 lead. Texas also added an insurance run in the seventh inning to take a three-run lead.
The Red Raiders and Longhorns will continue their three-game series on Friday evening with a 6:37 p.m. first pitch. The game will be televised locally on Fox34 News Now. Affiliates in Amarillo, Artesia, N.M., Corpus Christi, Odessa-Midland, Tyler-Longview and Waco-Temple-Bryan will also carry the broadcast.