I can’t even begin to explain how important and big this win was.
After cruising to an easy 16-5 victory on Saturday, Texas Tech came out Sunday and picked up right where they left off.
After the Longhorns went down quietly to begin the game, the Red Raiders jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead against Blair Henley and the Longhorns.
The Red Raider momentum wouldn’t last long as Texas would get two runs back in the top half of the 2nd after a Ryan Reynolds hit by pitch. Masen Hibbeler followed with a double to left field allowing Reynolds to go first to third on the play. A pass ball allowed Reynolds to score easily and also moved Hibbeler up 90 feet. After a sacrifice fly by Tate Shaw, Hibbeler crossed home to tie the game at 2 a piece.
A lead off single and stolen base (12) by Duke Ellis to start the 3rd put the Longhorns right back in business. A one out single by Zach Zubia plated Ellis to give the Longhorns their first lead of the day, 3-2.
The two teams would exchange outs until the bottom of the 4th after a solo home run off of Blair Henley by Tech’s Cam Warren tied the game at 3.
Texas ran into some trouble in the bottom half of the 6th inning after Henley issued a lead-off walk, and back to back singles by Michael Davis and Cam Warren loaded the bases for the Red Raiders with nobody out. Parker Joe Robinson would enter the game and be asked to get the Longhorns out of the jam. Other than a sac-fly that gave the Tech a 4-3 lead, Parker Joe did his job and kept Texas right in the game.
Way to go kid, that was big time.
Parker Joe’s work in the 6th proved to be huge as the Longhorns came out firing in the top of the 7th after Kody Clemens launched his 16th big fly of the season to left field to even the score at 4.
Texas wasn’t finished.
David Hamilton reached on a 2 out double and Zach Zubia made sure the effort wouldn’t go to waste, as he blasted an oppo-taco to right field to put Texas on top, 6-4
Texas would tack on another run in the 8th after an RBI single by Jake McKenzie scored Masen Hibbeler making it 7-4.
After a 1-out double by Michael Davis, he would come across to score after David Hamilton made a great play to his glove side, but couldn’t get enough on the throw and gave McKenzie a short hop that he couldn’t quite haul in at first. Davis took 3rd on contact and came home after Jake couldn’t come up with the pick. The play cut the Texas lead to 7-5.
After issuing back to back walks yesterday, David Pierce called upon Josh Sawyer to come in and get the last out of the 8th inning. Sawyer would do just that by getting a big strikeout to end the Red Raider threat.
Going to the bottom of the 9th, David Pierce went to his guy, Andy McGuire. McGuire made quick work of the Red Raiders for the first two outs before walking Josh Jung, bringing up the tying run to the plate. The tying run would reach on a single and all of the sudden Tech had runners on the corners with power threat, Zach Rheams due up.
Andy came up clutch and got a HUGE strikeout to end the game and locked up the save and secured a big time series win for the ‘Horns.
I’m fired up.... HOOK ‘EM FOLKS!