DALLAS (KCBD) – Texas Tech trailed 5-0 after six innings before scoring seven runs in the final three frames to comeback and defeat Dallas Baptist 7-6 on Tuesday night at Patriot Field.
Texas Tech (15-7) has now come from behind to either tie or win the game the last three contests, having now won back-to-back games when trailing after eight innings. Dallas Baptist falls to 13-8 overall on the season.
The Red Raiders' five-run seventh inning tied the game after Tech posted only two bases hits through six innings. Three consecutive singles started the seventh before Bo Altobelli walked with the bases loaded to plate Tech's first run.
Two batters later third baseman Reid Redman doubled to center field to score Andre Wheeler and Altobelli, cutting the Patriots lead to three runs (5-3).
Second baseman Jamodrick McGruder immediately tied the game with a single to right field that brought in pinch runner Nick Hanslik and Redman.
Patriots starter Jared Stafford took a no-decision in the game pitching 6.1 innings allowing five runs on six hits with six strikeouts and four walks allowed. Tech starting pitcher David Paiz pitched three innings allowing two runs on two hits with one walk.
Dallas Baptist looked to be back in control scoring a run in the eighth inning on a single to center field by Landon Anderson with two outs.
The Red Raiders weren't finished as McGruder tied the game at six with a double to left-center field in the ninth and then came in to score the winning run on Kelby Tomlinson's single up the middle with two outs.
Reliever John Neely, who has been the winning pitcher in Tech's last three wins, pitched a scoreless 1.2 innings, including the ninth where he got a fly-ball double play and a swinging strikeout to end the game.
McGruder went 2-for-5 with three RBI, Paiz went 3-for-4 and Redman went 1-for-2 with two RBI for Tech.
The Red Raiders used a total of six relievers in the game while the last five combined for five innings pitched allowing one run on three hits with three strikeouts and didn't allow a walk.
Dallas Baptist closer Chris Haney took the loss allowing two runs on two hits with one strikeout while pitching the ninth inning.
Texas Tech will welcome Nebraska this weekend for its first home Big 12 Conference weekend series at Dan Law Field, March 25-27. The series will start Friday (6:30 p.m.) and will continue Saturday (5 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.).