OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Missouri capitalized on a two-out fielding error by Jamodrick McGruder in the bottom of the seventh with four unearned runs, including a three-run home run by Ryan Gebhart, and the Tigers went on to post a 7-3 win over the Red Raiders on Saturday morning at Bricktown Ballpark.
Texas Tech must wait and see if the NCAA selection committee will take a team with a record below .500 on the year and if not the Red Raiders will end their season with a 28-29 record. The NCAA selection show will air live at 11:30 a.m. on Monday morning on ESPN.
With the game tied at 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh, Jamodrick McGruder botched a routine throw on a groundball hit by Eric Garcia and that allowed pinch runner Blake Brown to score easily from second as the go-ahead run. Brown pinch ran for Andreas Plackis who reached on a one-out walk. After a walk by Russell LaFleur, Ryan Gebhart drove a three-run home run over the wall in right field to give the Tigers a 7-3 lead.
Trailing 2-1 in the top of the sixth, the Red Raiders mounted a comeback as designated hitter Scott LeJeune led off with a double and third baseman Nick Popescu scored him with an RBI single up the middle. Senior center fielder Taylor Ashby brought in Popescu as the tying run with an RBI double to the gap in left-center that evened the game at 3-3.
In all, Texas Tech walked seven batters and hit three while four of Missouri's runs were scored by batters that were either hit or walked.
Bobby Doran (5-4) was charged with the loss after giving up five runs (only one earned) on six hits over 5 1/3 innings. Zack Hardoin picked up the win in relief for the Tigers as he held Tech to just two runs on three hits and struckout seven over four innings.
R H E
Texas Tech 001 002 000 3 10 2
Missouri 020 010 40x 7 6 0
WP = Zack Hardoin (2-2)
LP = Bobby Doran (5-4)
SV = None