Washington State ends Tech's win streak, 6-3

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.

                                                  R   H   E
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


  • Texas Tech suffered its first loss of the season and now trails Washington State 0-2 in the all-time series.  The game marked the first meeting between these two clubs since facing off in the 1986 Lubbock Intercollegiate Tournament here at Dan Law Field.
  • Texas Tech is now 15-36 all-time against the Pac-10 Conference.
  • Junior center fielder Taylor Ashby extended his team-high hit streak to six games with a double in the second inning.  Ashby, who has now made 64 consecutive starts dating back to 2008, finished the night 2-for-3.
  • Jay Johnson suffered his first blown save of the season after he allowed three runs in the top of the eighth inning.  He has made a team-high five appearances out of the bullpen so far in six games.
  • Texas Tech played error free today and that make 4-of-6 games for the Red Raiders with no defensive miscues.
  • Washington State now leads the Brooks Wallace Memorial Classic with a 2-0 record while Texas Tech stands at 1-1 and Bethune-Cookman at 0-2.
  • Larry Wallace, brother of former Tech shortstop and tournament namesake Brooks Wallace, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.