No. 27 Texas Tech drops big 12 opener at Baylor, 9-4

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WACO, Texas – No. 27 Texas Tech dropped its Big 12 Conference opener 9-4 against Baylor on Friday night in front of 2,790 fans at Baylor Ballpark.

Junior center fielder Barrett Barnes led Texas Tech while hitting a two-run home run over the center field wall in the fourth inning – giving Tech an early 2-1 lead – while both Scott LeJeune (2-for-4) and Reid Redman (2-for-4) added multi-hit games.

Texas Tech falls to 12-6 overall while Baylor improves to 12-7 on the season.

Sophomore right-handed pitcher Duke von Schamann (2-3) suffered the loss pitching five innings with two strikeouts and allowing six runs (all earned) on 10 hits with a career-high four walks.

Baylor starting pitcher Josh Turley (2-0) earned the win pitching 6.1 innings allowing four runs on nine hits with four strikeouts and did not allow a walk. Reliever Kolt Browder notched his first save of the season pitching 2.2 scoreless innings with three strikeouts while not allowing a walk or base hit.

After Baylor scored a run in the bottom of the first, Texas Tech took a 2-1 lead on Barnes' towering homer over the 16-foot center field wall in the top of the fourth inning. It marked Barnes' fourth home run of the season and the 28th of his career.

Baylor followed with six unanswered runs with three in the fourth, two in the fifth and one in the sixth inning on a combined six base hits and six walks. Four of Baylor's nine runs that scored reached base via walks.

Trailing 7-2 heading into the seventh, Tech scored a pair of runs on sophomore left fielder David Paiz' RBI infield single and from junior Jamodrick McGruder's sacrifice fly to left field.

The Red Raiders had only one base runner in the final two innings (Kevin Whitehead – HBP) as six of seven batters were retired.

Texas Tech and Baylor will continue their Big 12 series on Saturday, March 17 with a 3:05 p.m. first pitch at Baylor Ballpark.