Texas Tech Wins Thriller Over No. 25 Texas in 14 Innings
April 7, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech freshman Bryant Burleson drove in the game-tying and winning run in the bottom of the 14th inning with a two out, two-run single to right field giving the Red Raiders a 7-6 victory over No. 25 Texas in front of a nearly sold-out Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park as 4,281 fans were in attendance.
Texas Tech (18-14, 3-8 Big 12) scored three runs in the bottom of the 14th inning to even the three-game series against the Longhorns (16-12, 6-2 Big 12) in a game that lasted four hours and 16 minutes.
It marked Tech's most innings played since 2002 (15 innings, vs. Kansas State) and its longest contest (minutes) since 2008 (4 hours, 32 minutes, at Texas A&M).
Texas Tech first baseman Scott LeJeune went 4-for-7 with two doubles, two runs scored and three RBI, second baseman Jamodrick McGruder went 3-for-7 with two runs scored, center fielder Barrett Barnes went 2-for-3 with a double while Burleson joined LeJeune with multiple RBI going 1-for-6.
Tech reliever Jamen Parten (1-0) took the win pitching just 0.1 innings to close out the top of the 14th. Red Raider right-handed pitcher Shane Broyles held Texas scoreless from the eighth to 13th inning while giving up only one base hit and one walk while matching a career-high six strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work.
Texas reliever Corey Knebel took the loss pitching 6.2 innings while giving up three runs (one earned) on six hits with eight strikeouts and four walks while tallying 109 pitches. Knebel also made an appearance in Thursday's game where he pitched two innings and threw 34 pitches.
Texas Tech starting pitcher Duke von Schamann pitched a gem for seven innings while striking out a career-high eight batters without issuing a walk. Texas scored four runs off von Schamann, who exited after allowing seven hits in seven innings.
Texas took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning just before the Red Raiders scored three in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI double from LeJeune, a run scoring groundout by catcher Bo Altobelli and an RBI single from Jordan Lopez.
The Red Raiders added to their lead with a run in the fifth inning on an RBI single from LeJeune, giving Tech a 4-2 lead.
Texas tied the game with two runs in the seventh on an RBI single from Tim Maitland and a run scoring triple from Mark Payton, to make the score 4-4.
That score would hold for the next six innings before Texas plated two runs in the top of the 14th inning on a two-run single from pinch hitter Kevin Lusson.
Burleson's heroics came after LeJeune scored Tech's fifth run on an RBI single down the left-field line, plating McGruder who led off the 14th inning with an infield base hit.
Texas decided on intentionally walking designated hitter Mason Randolph to load the bases for Burleson, who drove a 1-1 pitch into right-center field to score pinch runner Trey Masek - game tying run - and LeJeune to win the game.
Texas Tech will look for its first series win over Texas since 2002 with game three of the series slated for 2 p.m. on Saturday at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.