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Texas baseball falls to No. 6 Texas Tech in series opener

The Longhorns snapped their six game win streak in an exciting, but highly frustrating game.

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Brian Hoang

Texas Longhorns baseball fell to the Texas Tech Red Raiders 2-1 on Friday night in a game where the ‘Horns only generated two hits.

Texas Tech opened up scoring in the third with a solo home run, but in the bottom of the inning the ‘Horns responded with a Tate Shaw solo shot to knot the game at one. Shaw, a redshirt sophomore filling in for injured outfielders Zane Gurwitz and Patrick Mathis, is now batting .400 in his 15 at bats with three doubles and now a home run to his name.

Tech answered Texas with a hit by pitch followed by a double to score a run to start the seventh inning. Texas started Nolan Kingham then allowed a bunt single to put runners on the corners. Kingham’s pitch count was getting high, but the sophomore stud miraculously finished out the inning without further damage due to a strikeout followed by a double play. Unfortunately for the ‘Horns, the 2-1 score held for the rest of the game.

Besides Shaw’s homer, Texas reverted back to its regular season of form of performing poorly at the plate. The Longhorns were 2-27 on the night, with the only other hit coming from David Hamilton who was (somewhat controversially) called out on a steal.

Texas attempted to work the Red Raiders’ pitchers and milk walks, but the strategy wasn’t ever successful enough to bring a run home against a good pitching team. Texas achieved six bases on balls and stranded a runner at third in the eighth and ninth innings.

The Longhorns hitters also didn’t receive any favors from the home plate ump, who had a very wide strikeout. Four Texas players struck out looking, with a couple K’s being iffy. In total, the Longhorns struck out an unacceptable 11 times.

A bright spot for Texas was excellent pitching. True, Nolan Kingham’s ERA skyrocketed from 0.42 to 0.95 due to his whopping two runs allowed, but the sophomore has clearly developed into a star. Beau Ridgeway had a scoreless two innings to finish the game and is another sophomore righty who is exceeding expectations. Ridgeway boasts a 1.72 ERA and has allowed only three walks in his 15.2 innings.

The Longhorns will have a chance to avenge their loss on Saturday at 4 pm CST. This is your gamethread.