Red Raider Baseball Falls to #8 Texas 17-5

LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech picked up 14 hits but stranded 13 base runners while No. 8 Texas blew the game open with an eight-run sixth inning and the Longhorns cruised to a 17-5 series-clinching win over the Red Raiders in front of 3,750 fans on Sunday afternoon at Dan Law Field.

The loss drops Tech to 12-14 overall and to 2-4 in Big 12 play while Texas clinches the series (2-1) and improves to 18-6 overall and 4-2 in league play.

Texas built a five run lead with single runs in the second and third innings and three in the fourth.  A costly two-out throwing error by Jamodrick McGruder in the fourth led to two unearned Texas runs.

Texas Tech closed the gap with single runs in the fourth and fifth before the Longhorns blew the game wide open with eight runs in the sixth.  In the sixth, Texas pounded out five hits and took advantage of four walks.

Chad Bettis fell to 3-3 on the year after giving up five runs (two earned) on seven hits over four innings of work.  Brandon Workman improved to 4-1 on the year for Texas as he held the Red Raiders to three runs (two earned) on nine hits over five innings.

Texas Tech returns to action on Tuesday night with a midweek match-up against New Mexico State at Citibank Ballpark in Midland.  First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.

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