Lead Slips Away as Tech Falls 4-3 in Series Finale at Missouri
May 15, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Texas Tech saw its 3-0 lead evaporate in the final three innings as Missouri took the rubber game of the three-game series, 4-3, with a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning at Taylor Stadium on a cold rainy day in Columbia.
The Red Raiders (31-22, 10-14 BIG 12) used homers from David Paiz and Nick Popescu and a sacrifice fly from Barrett Barnes to lead 3-0 after six innings, before Missouri (23-28, 10-13 BIG 12) stormed back in front of Tech in the league standings while winning its final home game of the season.
Missouri reliever Phil McCormick (6-2) logged three scoreless innings while scattering four hits with two strikeouts in the win. Sophomore Jerad McCrummen (1-1) took the loss allowing the game-winning run on one base hit with two strikeouts.
In fact, Texas Tech outhit Missouri 8-3 in the game while the Tigers used their hits wisely while two of their three hits drove in three of their four runs.
Nick Popescu gave the Red Raiders a 1-0 lead in the second inning belting his first home run of the season over the right-field wall. Two innings later, freshman David Paiz drove his second homer of the year over the right-field wall - Tech's second opposite field homer of the season - to give the Red Raiders a 2-0 advantage.
Texas Tech starting pitcher Duke von Schamann was in control allowing just one base hit through five innings. von Schamann finished the game pitching five innings while allowing two walks and one hit-by-pitch and one base hit.
In the sixth inning, Kelby Tomlinson led off with a single up the middle and advanced to second on Reid Redman's sacrifice bunt. A wild pitch sent Tomlinson to third base before Barrett Barnes scored Tomlinson with a sacrifice fly to center field, which gave Texas Tech a 3-0 lead.
Tech got in trouble in the seventh when Missouri tied the game scoring three runs on one base hit and four walks.
Neither team scored in the eighth inning and Tech had just a single up the middle by Bo Altobelli in the ninth before Missouri won the game in the bottom of the ninth inning on Conner Mach's single to right-center field to score Ryan Ampleman who led off the ninth reaching on a hit-by-pitch.
The Red Raiders will return home next weekend for their final games of the regular season as Oklahoma State visits Dan Law Field for a Big 12 series, May 20-22.
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