Lubbock, TX - Baylor scored nine runs in fifth and sixth innings en route to a 12-5 series-clinching win over Texas Tech on Sunday afternoon in front of 3,322 fans at Dan Law Field.
The series loss to Baylor was its first at home to the Bears since the 1998 season and snapped a streak of five consecutive Big 12 series wins for the Red Raiders.
After Baylor staked a 2-0 lead in the top half of the second inning, the Red Raiders came firing back in the bottom of the third. Junior third baseman Nick Popescu drove a two-out, two RBI double to left center field and that helped cap a three-run inning that gave the Red Raiders a 3-2 lead.
With the bases loaded in the top of the fifth, Tech head coach Dan Spencer elected to go with junior right-hander Chad Bettis to get the Red Raiders out of the jam. Bettis, however, wasn't able to get that third out in time as Baylor catcher Gregg Glime blasted a grand slam home run over the right field wall that gave the Bears a 6-3 lead.
Baylor blew the game open in the top of the sixth with a five-run outburst that included a three-run home run from freshman first baseman Max Muncy.
Junior left-hander Jay Johnson took the loss after allowing five runs on five hits and six walks over 4 2/3 innings. Baylor Josh Turley (4-0) earned the win after holding Tech to two runs on four hits over 3 2/3 innings of relief.
Texas Tech will close out the regular-season next weekend with a three-game series on the road at Nebraska. First pitch on Friday is set for 6:35 p.m. at Haymarket Park.
R H E
Baylor 020 045 010 12 16 1
Texas Tech 003 000 110 5 10 0
WP = Josh Turley (4-0)
LP = Jay Johnson (3-4)
SV = None
Sophomore designated hitter Scott LeJeune extended his hit streak to 14 games with an RBI single in the third inning. The 14-game streak is the longest by any Tech player