Provided by Texas Tech Athletics
WACO, Texas – Baylor scored a run in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 3-3 tie against No. 27 Texas Tech while taking a two-game lead in the series with a 4-3 victory on Saturday afternoon in front of 2,856 fans at Baylor Ballpark.
The Red Raiders (12-7, 0-2 Big 12) dropped their fourth consecutive road game while Baylor (13-7, 2-0 Big 12) improved to 11-3 at home this season.
Junior first baseman Scott LeJeune hit his team-leading eighth double of the season while going 2-for-3 with an RBI. His double marked the 50th of his career. Freshman Tim Proudfoot notched his sixth double of the season and scored a run in a 2-for-4 performance.
Junior right-handed pitcher Jerad McCrummen (0-1) took the loss for Tech while giving up the game-winning run in the eighth. McCrummen pitched 0.2 innings with two strikeouts while issuing two base hits.
Baylor reliever Brad Kuntz (2-2) collected the win as he retired six consecutive Red Raiders to end the game.
The Bears were led by Cal Towey (2-for-4, 2 runs) and center fielder Logan Vick (3-for-4, run, RBI).
LeJeune broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fourth inning with a single up the middle that scored Proudfoot, who doubled to lead off the inning.
The following inning, Baylor evened the score with a lead-off single from right fielder Michael Howard to left field and then two batters later scored on a single through the right side.
Texas Tech starting pitcher John Neely pitched 4.1 innings while allowing one run on four hits with one walk and tied a career-high with six strikeouts. Neely exited the game with the score tied at 1-1.
Both teams scored runs in the sixth as Tech took a 2-1 lead on Barrett Barnes' line-drive single to center field before Baylor scored two runs in the bottom of the frame as Towey and Vick lead off the inning with a single and double, respectively, and then both came around to score giving Baylor the lead back, 3-2.
Tech tied the game at 3-3 in the seventh inning when Reid Redman led off the inning with a walk, moved to second on a groundout to second base by catcher Bo Altobelli, move to third base on a single to left field by Bryant Burleson and then scored on a sacrifice push bunt down the first-base line by left fielder Brennan Moore.
The Bears won the game in the bottom of the eighth inning when Towey singled through the right side off McCrummen and then scored a batter later when Vick doubled to right field, where Tech's Jamodrick McGruder had trouble with the play as Towey scored all the way from first base on the error by McGruder. The run eventually became an earned run as Howard singled to left field off Tech reliever Rusty Shellhorn.
Texas Tech will look to avoid the series sweep on Sunday, March 18, as junior right-handed pitcher Shane Broyles gets the start for the Red Raiders and will face Baylor right-handed pitcher Max Garner with a 1:05 p.m. first pitch at Baylor Ballpark.