LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Texas Tech dropped its Big 12 series finale to No. 5 Texas A&M, 14-8, on Sunday afternoon at Dan Law Field.
The Red Raiders (20-13, 5-7 BIG 12) finished with 13 base hits, but the Aggies (24-8, 9-3 BIG 12) came away winning the series with 21 base hits while scoring multiple runs in four separate innings.
Texas Tech starting pitcher Robbie Kilcrease (3-2) had his shortest career outing, lasting 1.1 innings while allowing six runs on nine hits with two strikeouts. The Red Raider bullpen had five pitchers make an appearance.
Texas A&M and the Red Raiders each scored two runs in the first before the Aggies sent nine batters to the plate in second scoring four runs on five hits to take a 6-2 lead.
Tech also scored two runs in the second and one run in the third inning to keep it close at 6-5.
The next two innings the Aggies added to their lead scoring three in the fourth and four in the fifth inning on a total of eight base hits. Third baseman Adam Smith sparked A&M with a three-run homer in the fourth, his second three-run homer in as many games.
Tech shortstop Kelby Tomlinson drove in two runs with an RBI single up the middle in the fifth to cut the Aggies lead to six runs (13-7), but a run in the ninth on Kevin Whitehead's RBI double would be the final run Tech would score.
Tomlinson went 3-for-5 with three RBI, senior designated hitter Nick Popescu went 3-for-4 with three runs while Bo Altobelli (2-for-4), Barrett Barnes (2-for-5) and Whitehead (2-for-5) all finished with multi-hit games.
Texas A&M starting pitcher Ross Stripling (6-2) earned the win in his sixth start of the season pitching six innings while allowing seven runs (4 ER) on 10 hits with a season-high nine strikeouts without issuing a base-on-balls.
Right-handed reliever Aaron Corwin pitched 2.2 innings without allowing a run on one base hit with two walks and two strikeouts for the Red Raiders.
Texas Tech will hit the road for a nine-game road trip starting Tuesday and Wednesday with a midweek, two-game series at New Mexico with a 1 p.m. first pitch scheduled for both days at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque.
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