Texas Tech Defeats Missouri 13-11 in Big 12 Conference Baseball Action
April 5, 1998
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech battled back from an 11-10 deficit with three runs in the eighth inning to win a 13-11 decision Sunday at Dan Law Field. The victory improves Texas Tech to 25-12 overall and 8-6 in the Big 12 Conference while Missouri falls to 22-8 overall and 7-4 in the Big 12.
Trailing 11-10 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Texas Tech was forced to come from behind. The Red Raiders managed to score three runs in that inning to take a commanding 13-11 lead. Jason Huth led off the inning with a bases on balls. After two consecutive outs, Huth moved to third on a single by Kevin Jordan. Brandon Buckley got on base with a walk. Jordan and Buckley advanced to third and second on a wild pitch. Josh Bard walked to load the bases and Mark Austry drove in Jordan with a bases-on-balls of his own. An error by the Missouri third baseman allowed Buckley to score the 13th run.
Following the eighth, Friday's starter Shane Wright pitched the final inning for his second save of the season. Reliever Joe Smith (2-0) earned the victory after pitching 0.1 innings and striking out his only batter faced. Missouri's Logan Dale (1-1) earned the loss after allowing the winning run.
Texas Tech jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the second inning thanks to a one-run homer by Josh Bard and a two-run home run by Miles Durham. Missouri then built a 6-3 lead after the fifth inning on two doubles and a home run from Ryan Fry. But Texas Tech had a big bottom of the fifth inning as Kevin Jordan drove in two RBI on a double and Jason Landreth hit his second grand slam of the season over the 24-foot centerfield wall to give Tech a 9-6 lead. Bard hit his second homer of the day in the seventh to put the Red Raiders up 10-7.
But Missouri battled back again. The Tigers scored five runs in the eighth inning on two singles, a sacrifice fly and three one-RBI hits to go up 11-10. That set up Texas Tech's three-run eighth inning.
In all, Texas Tech hit a season-high tying four home runs in the game.
LINESCORE R H E Missouri 101 130 050 11 18 1 Texas Tech 030 060 13x 13 10 4