Red Raiders Drop Final Home Game, Series Finale to Baylor|
May 18, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech dropped its final home game of the 2013 season in a 15-8 loss against Baylor on Senior Day on Saturday afternoon at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
The Red Raiders complete their regular season with a 25-28 overall record and 9-15 mark in Big 12 competition. Tech now shifts its focus to the Big 12 Championship, May 22-26, at Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.
Baylor (27-25, 12-11 Big 12) avoided the series sweep while it too will advance to next week's Big 12 Championship as either the fourth or fifth seed.
Tech used seven pitchers in the contest while the Bears had two big innings with five runs in the first and eight runs in the fifth, despite the Red Raiders out-hitting the Bears, 12-11. Tech and Baylor's pitching staffs combined for 19 walks and seven hit-by-pitch.
Texas Tech starting pitcher Corey Taylor (2-5) took the loss allowing four runs on just two hits with four strikeouts and five walks in two innings of work.
Baylor reliever Crayton Bare (6-2) pitched four innings out of the bullpen to earn the victory while allowing four runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and a walk.
Tech freshman Eric Gutierrez hit his team-leading sixth home run of the season -his third in as many games during the Baylor series - as he became the first Red Raider to homer in three consecutive games since 2007 (Kyle Martin).
Tech cut the Baylor lead to a pair of runs with a three-run second inning, sparked by a two-out, two-run single to center field by left fielder Brett Bell.
The Red Raiders then came within a run of tying the game on Bryant Burleson's RBI bases-loaded walk, cutting Baylor's lead to 5-4.
Baylor responded by sending 12 batters to the plate in the fifth during an eight-run inning. The Bears received six walks and two hit-by-pitch in the inning with two singles and a triple.
Freshman catcher Jarrard Poteete finished with three hits going 3-for-4 with a run scored and RBI while Burleson extended his hit streak to 11 games going 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI and a double.
Nine Red Raiders finished with at least one base hit and Baylor also had seven players with a base hit while three Bears finished with a multi-hit game.
Texas Tech will open the Big 12 Championship on Wednesday, May 22 taking on regular season Big 12 champion Kansas State with a first-pitch time that is set to be announced on Sunday.