Dallas, TX - Texas Tech recovered from a nine-run deficit in the first inning and a two out, two-run fielding error by Dallas Baptist was the difference in the game as the Red Raiders defeated the Patriots 13-11 on Wednesday evening at Patriot Field in Dallas.
The win pushes Tech's win streak to three games but most importantly puts the Red Raiders back at .500 on the season at 18-18. Dallas Baptist falls to 18-15.
With runners at second and third and two outs in the ninth, senior right fielder Bonham Hough blistered a ball to Patriot shortstop Austin Elkins. Elkins misplayed the ball and that allowed Barrett Barnes and Jeremy Mayo to score easily from second and third. Mayo kept Tech alive in the inning with a two-out double that put runners in scoring position for Hough.
The Red Raiders found themselves in a huge hole early as the Patriots jumped out to a 9-0 lead. Tech starter Brandon Petite was unable to record an out and walked four consecutive batters before being pulled for Brennan Stewart. Stewart allowed a bases clearing triple to the first batter he faced in the inning and that charged seven earned runs to Petite.
A three-run home run by Nick Popescu and a solo home run by Jamodrick McGruder cut the Texas Tech deficit to five runs in the top half of the second. Tech's four-run outburst made the score 9-4.
After DBU added a solo run in the second, Hough cut the lead to four runs when he dropped a bases-loaded double down the left field line. Tech had the chance to further cut into the DBU lead as the Red Raiders had runners at second and third with two outs but Taylor Ashby popped up in foul territory to end the inning.
Popescu continued his hot hitting in the fifth inning when he jumpstarted a four run inning for the Red Raiders with an RBI double off the right field wall. Following a bases loaded walk that plated Tech's eighth run of the night, freshman first baseman Barrett Barnes tied things up with a RBI single through the left side. Barnes' single, which was his second of the night, tied the game at 10-10.
After chipping away at the Dallas Baptist lead the entire game, Tech scratched its way to the lead in the top half of the sixth. Senior center fielder Taylor Ashby kept Tech alive with a two-out double and later scored the go ahead run on a balk by DBU reliever Aaron Gilbreath.
Dallas Baptist snapped its streak of five scoreless innings in the bottom of the eighth and took advantage of a leadoff walk by Tech closer Chad Bettis. Patriot right fielder Ryan Enos made Bettis pay for the walk when he laced a two-out, RBI single into left field that scored Ben Mrachek and tied the game at 11-11.
Chad Bettis picked up the win in relief and improved to 5-3 on the year while Jared Stafford fell to 1-1.
Texas Tech will open up a five-game homestand on Friday night when the Red Raiders host the No. 11 Oklahoma Sooners for a three-game series. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.