LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska took advantage of two Texas Tech fielding errors in the bottom of the seventh and broke open a 2-1 ballgame with a seven run outburst and handed the Red Raiders a 9-3 loss in this three-game series opener at Haymarket Park.
The loss gives Texas Tech a two-game losing streak as the Red Raiders drop to 27-25 overall and to 13-12 in Big 12 Conference play. Nebraska, which was eliminated from the Big 12 Tournament race last weekend at Missouri, improves to 25-27 and 8-17 in league play.
The Red Raiders jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning as freshman second baseman Jamodrick McGruder reached on a leadoff error and then scored on an RBI double by senior shortstop Joey Kenworthy.
Trailing 1-0, the Huskers took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the third and made it stick. First baseman Josh Scheffert lifted the Huskers to a 2-1 lead when he blasted a two-run home run over the left field wall. The home run was his fourth of the season and came off Tech starter Ben Flora.
Tech kept the game close until the seventh inning when the Huskers managed to load the bases with just one out. Back-to-back fielding errors by Kenworthy and McGruder helped jumpstart a seven-run inning for Nebraska with five of the Husker runs being scored as unearned. Tyler Farst drove the dagger deep in the hearts of the Red Raiders when he rounded off the inning with a three-run home run, his fifth of the year.
Ben Flora, who set a new career-high with 4 2/3 innings pitched, took the loss and fell to 3-2. Michael Mariot earned the win for Nebraska and now stands at 6-6.
Texas Tech will look to even up this three-game series on Saturday afternoon when the two teams meet for 2:05 p.m. game at Haymarket Park. The game will be televised nationally on CBS College Sports.
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Texas Tech 100 000 020 3 7 2
Nebraska 002 000 70x 9 0 2
WP = Michael Mariot (6-6)
LP = Ben Flora (3-2)
SV = None
- Texas Tech now stands at 27-25 overall and at 13-12 in Big 12 play.
- Tonight's game marked the 48th all-time meeting between Texas Tech and Nebraska. The Huskers lead the all-time series 27-21 and have won the last seven meetings here at Haymarket Park dating back to the 2006 season.
- The Big 12 Championship field was set tonight by virtue of Baylor's 6-5 win over Oklahoma State. Oklahoma State and Nebraska will miss the postseason tournament for the second consecutive year.
- Texas Tech Head Coach Dan Spencer now owns a career record of 52-57 and a Big 12 record of 25-27.
- Sophomore designated hitter Scott LeJeune extended his current hit streak to 15 games with a single in the seventh inning.
- Senior center fielder Taylor Ashby moved into a tie for fourth place with Jason Landreth (1997-98) on the school's career doubles list when he picked up his 45th career two-bagger in the top of the eighth.
- Sophomore LHP Ben Flora logged a career-high 4 2/3 innings pitched tonight in what was the longest outing of his career. His previous long outing came against Alabama A&M back on April 20, 2010.
- Freshman second baseman went 2-for-4 with two RBIs on the night to earn his 15th multiple-hit game and his sixth multiple-RBI contest.