LUBBOCK, TX – Washington State erased a 3-2 deficit with a four-run outburst in the eighth inning to hand Texas Tech its first loss of the season by final of 6-3 on Friday afternoon in the second day of the Brooks Wallace Memorial Classic at Dan Law Field.
The loss is Tech's first of season as the Red Raiders drop to 5-1 overall while Washington State remains perfect after a doubleheader sweep in today's tournament (defeated Bethune-Cookman 10-4 earlier in the day) and stands at 4-0.
Texas Tech clung to a one-run lead in the top of the eighth inning with starter Bobby Doran still in the game but a leadoff walk quickly sent the Red Raiders to their bullpen for closer Jay Johnson. Johnson hit Cougar first baseman Ryan Peterson on the first pitch he delivered and Patrick Claussen followed up with perfect bunt single down the third base line that loaded the bases with no outs. Pinch hitter Matt Fanelli tied the game with a sacrifice fly to right and then the floodgates opened for the Cougars. Shortstop Shea Vucinich drove in the go-ahead run with a double off the wall in right-center and second baseman Cody Bartlett delivered the knockout punch with a two-run single up the middle that gave the Cougars the 6-3 lead.
The Red Raiders staked an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second as Tech got a two-out RBI double from second baseman Garrett Totten and an RBI single from left fielder Michael Reed.
After Washington State evened things up with solo runs in the fifth and sixth, Tech answered with a run of its own in the sixth to regain the lead at 3-2. Senior right fielder Bonham Hough drove in the run with a two-out RBI single to left-center.
Jay Johnson was tagged with the loss for Texas Tech as he gave up three runs on four hits in the eighth inning. Junior right-hander Bobby Duran earned his second straight no-decision as he went seven innings allowing three runs on 10 hits and struckout seven. Paris Shewey (1-0) earned the win in relief for Washington State.
Texas Tech returns to action on Saturday afternoon as the Red Raiders host Bethune-Cookman at 4 p.m. The Wildcats will begin their day with a game against Washington State at noon.
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WSU 000 011 040 - 6 14 0
Texas Tech 020 001 000 - 3 9 0
WP = Paris Shewey (1-0)
LP = Jay Johnson (0-1)
SV = None