AUSTIN, TX (KCBD) – Texas Tech outhit No. 4 Texas, but the Longhorns won the Big 12 Conference series opener 4-1 on Friday night in front of 7,286 fans at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Freshman David Paiz matched a career-high pitching 6.1 innings for Texas Tech (22-14, 5-8 BIG 12) in his return to his hometown, but Texas (26-8, 10-3 BIG 12) used a three-run second inning to improve to 21-4 at home this season.
Barrett Barnes went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Bo Altobelli finished 2-for-3 as the only two Red Raiders with a multi-hit game. Texas, meanwhile, was held to just five hits, but capitalized on two walks, a hit-by-pitch and two base hits in the second inning to score three runs.
Texas Tech scored its only run in the fifth inning on Barnes' two-out double down the left-field line to score leadoff hitter Jamodrick McGruder, who walked to start the rally.
Paiz (3-2) took the loss pitching 6.1 innings giving up three runs on four hits with three walks and one strikeout. Texas ace Taylor Jungmann (8-0) was impressive pitching seven innings allowing one run on eight hits with eight strikeouts and one walk. Longhorns closer Corey Knebel picked up his 10th save of the season pitching a scoreless ninth inning.
The Red Raiders and Longhorns will continue their conference series on Saturday with a 2 p.m. first-pitch at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.