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.
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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
- Texas Tech now stands at 28-29 overall and ends play in the Big 12 Championship with a 1-2 record.
- Texas Tech is now 14-22 all-time in the Big 12 Championships.
- Texas Tech head coach Dan Spencer is now 53-61 in his two-year career as the skipper of the Red Raiders.
- For the seventh straight appearance at the Big 12 Championships, Texas Tech has not won more than one game. The last time Tech recorded more than one win in championship play was in 1998 when Tech went on to defeat Texas A&M, 14-7, for their only Big 12 Championship title in school history.
- Sophomore designated hitter Scott LeJeune, the conference's leader in doubles, recorded his 28th of the season to lead off the sixth inning. LeJeune ends the season one double shy of tying Jason Landreth for the Red Raider single-season record of 29. He finished the game today going 1-for-4 with one run scored.
- Junior Bobby Doran worked his longest relief appearance in today's game as he went 5 1/3 innings. He was tagged with the loss after surrendering five runs, one earned, on six hits while tying his career high for walks with three.
- Junior third baseman Nick Popescu stole a career-high two bases as he also led the Tech offense as the only Red Raider to record multiple hits. He finished the game 2-for-4 with one run scored.
- In his seven starts this season, junior Jay Johnson saw his shortest outing of the season as he only went 1 1/3 innings before being replaced by right-hander Bobby Doran. Johnson gave up two earned runs and walked four batters while tying his career-high for hit batters with two.