LUBBOCK, TX – Missouri reliever Jeff Emens pitched himself out of a one-out, bases loaded jam in the bottom of the 10th and the Tigers plated four runs in the top of the 11th to hand Texas Tech a 12-8 loss in the series opener on Friday evening at Dan Law Field.
The loss drops Texas Tech to 24-22 overall and to 10-9 in Big 12 play while Missouri improves to 23-17 and 7-8 in league action.
With the game tied at 8-8 in the bottom of the 10th, the Red Raiders had the bases loaded with just one out with three-hole hitter Barrett Barnes and cleanup guy Michael Reed coming to bat. Barnes, who almost ended the game with a grand slam that went just foul, ended up striking out looking to go down as the second out of the inning. Reed then ended the inning when he popped up foul to first base on the first pitch he was offered from Emens.
The Tigers rallied on the momentum of that inning and ended up scoring four runs in the top half of the 11th to seal the win.
Missouri stormed out to a 7-0 lead with four runs in the fourth and three more in the third before Tech mounted its comeback. The Red Raiders used a four-run outburst in the fourth and then plated two runs in the sixth and single runs in the eighth and ninth to tie the game.
Tech tied the game on a RBI fielder's choice from Scott LeJeune in the ninth but Jeremy Mayo and Bonham Hough ended the inning with fly ball and a groundout.
Junior right-hander Chad Bettis suffered the loss after allowing four runs in the 11th and fell to 6-4 on the year. Missouri reliever Jeff Emens earned the win for the Tigers after holding Tech to just one run on five hits over 3 1/3 innings.
Texas Tech will look to even up this three-game series on Saturday afternoon when the two teams meet for 5 p.m. first pitch at Dan Law Field.
R H E
Texas Tech - 004 300 010 04 - 12 13 2
Missouri - 000 402 011 00 - 8 16 2
WP = Emens (3-3)
LP = Bettis (6-4)
SV = None