Texas Tech has gotten back-to-back 5-plus inning starts from its starting pitching for the first time since the Texas A&M series back in late March. Ironically, it was Carnline and Wyatt who accounted for both those starts against the Aggies.
The game was the second lowest scoring game of the season for Tech as both teams accounted for just five total runs. Tech is now 2-0 in games in which there are less than five total runs scored. Tech dropped Texas A&M in a 1-0 contest back on March 19.
Texas Tech improved to 67-58 all-time against Baylor and snapped a two-game win streak by the Bears. Tech's last win in Waco was in Tech's last trip here in 2003 and it was also the Saturday game (3/15/03).
Baylor right fielder Kevin Sevigny prevented two Tech runs in the game by throwing out two runners trying to score from third. His first out came in the third when he connected with catcher Josh Ford to get Avants on the tag following a single by Stewart to right. His second came in the eighth when he turned a crucial double play by catching a shallow fly ball by Cooper Fouts and then threw out Brian Capps at home.
Senior shortstop Cameron Blair still maintains his hit streak although he did not get a hit in today's game. Blair was walked three times and hit twice and therefore never got an official at-bat.
Senior third baseman Carey Avants got the gold glove award after making several stellar defensive plays that helped end Baylor rallies. Avants also had a big day offensively as he went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. The three-hit game was his fifth of the season and his 14th multiple hit game overall.
Senior reliever Tanner McElroy ended a 27-game stretch without a save as he picked up his fourth by recording all three outs in the ninth. His last save came against Northern Iowa back on March 5.
The Tech defense accounted for a season-high five errors and is remarkably 3-2 when committing four or more errors in game.
Texas Tech improved to 5-3 in games decided by one run.
Texas Tech is now 3-1 in games played before a television audience. Today's game was televised nationally by Fox Sports Net.