Texas Tech Takes Game Two Over Missouri, 6-4|
May 14, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Texas Tech put an end to its struggles in Columbia with a 6-4 victory over Missouri on Saturday afternoon at Taylor Stadium to snap a seven-game losing streak against the Tigers on the road.
The Red Raiders (31-21, 10-13 BIG 12) scored four runs in the eighth inning, despite Missouri's (22-28, 9-13 BIG 12) late-game comeback as the Tigers scored three runs in the ninth inning.
Freshman Trey Masek (4-3) won for the third time in Big 12 play pitching 5.1 innings, allowing one run and three hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Masek entered the sixth inning allowing only one base hit - a double in the first inning.
Junior John Neely notched his first career three-inning save as he gave up three runs on four hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Neely now has seven saves this season and eight for his career.
Missouri starter Matt Stites (3-5) took the loss pitching 6.1 innings with five strikeouts while allowing two runs, five hits and four walks.
Masek's only run allowed made the score 2-1 in the sixth inning as left fielder Conner Mach singled up the middle to drive in Andrew Thigpen.
Texas Tech put the game out of reach for good as they scored four runs in the eighth inning - two unearned - with three key RBI base hits.
Bo Altobelli started the action with a pinch-hit RBI single through the left side with the bases loaded to plate Tech's third run of the game.
Kelby Tomlinson then drove in the eventual game-winning runs with a two-run triple down the right-field line. The next batter, Reid Redman, drove in Tech's final run with an RBI single through the left side.
Hagen went 2-for-4 and Redman tallied a two-hit game going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Tomlinson led Tech with two RBI while going 1-for-3 with two runs scored.
Texas Tech will try to win its first series over Missouri in Columbia since 1999 with game-three scheduled for Sunday, May 15, with a 1 p.m. first pitch at Taylor Stadium.