Missouri tops Texas Tech in 11 innings

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - 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


  • Texas Tech now stands at 24-22 on the season and 10-9 in Big 12 play.  The Red Raiders have now lost two straight games.
  • Tonight's game marked the 45th all-time meeting between Texas Tech and Missouri.  The Tigers now own a 25-20 all-time lead in the series.
  • Texas Tech played its first extra inning game of the season and its first since a 12-inning loss at Texas A&M (6-5) on March 14, 2008.
  • Texas Tech stranded 13 runners on base tonight which matched it season high.  Tech previously stranded 13 base runners in a 17-5 loss to No. 8 Texas on March 28.
  • Texas Tech has now lost four consecutive Big 12 series openers dating back to the Oklahoma State game on April 9.
  • Texas Tech lost only its third game of the year when outhitting the opponent.  Tech came into tonight's game with a 21-2 record when compiling more hits.
  • Texas Tech totaled three doubles on the night to push its nation-leading total to 136.
  • Texas Tech head coach Dan Spencer now has a career record of 49-54 and a 22-24 mark in Big 12 play.
  • Scott LeJeune and Nick Popescu each extended their current hit streaks to nine games as LeJeune went 3-for-6 while Popescu went 4-for-6.
  • Freshman first baseman Barrett Barnes hit his 10th home run of the season with one out in the bottom of the fourth.
  • Junior RHP Chad Bettis suffered his first loss since the final game of the Texas series on March 28.
  • Sophomore LHP Ben Flora made his first career Big 12 start tonight and record 2 2/3 innings of work.  He allowed four runs on four hits and two walks.