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ORLANDO, Fla. - Runs were at a premium on Sunday afternoon as Texas Tech fell 1-0 to Connecticut in a pitcher's duel while UConn scored the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning as the Red Raiders completed weekend competition at the UCF Wawa Weekend Classic at Jay Bergman Field.
Texas Tech (4-3) outhit the Huskies, 8-5, but left 13 runners on base while starting pitcher Trey Masek pitched a career-high nine shutout innings with seven strikeouts in the no decision.
Red Raider reliever Jerad McCrummen issued a hit-by-pitch to UConn right fielder Jon Testani to lead off the 11th inning and two batters later Testani scored the only run of the game on a sacrifice fly to left field by leadoff hitter Billy Ferriter.
McCrummen (0-1) took the loss while pitching one inning and striking out one batter. UConn reliever Ryan Moore (1-0) earned the win going 1.2 innings and allowing just one hit with three strikeouts. Jordan Tabakman issued one walk with a strikeout in a scoreless inning to pick up his first save of the season.
Tech left runners in scoring position in five separate innings, including the bases loaded in the seventh and runners at second base in the ninth and 10th innings.
The Red Raiders had two players with multi-hit games while center fielder Devon Conley (2-for-5) and third baseman Alec Humphreys (2-for-5) both had a pair of base hits.
Second baseman Bryant Burleson went 1-for-5 while getting a hit during his first at-bat to send his hit streak to seven games while hitting safely in every game this season.
UConn starting pitcher Brian Ward also took a no decision while pitching seven scoreless innings with five hits allowed and five strikeouts with two walks.
The Huskies were led at the plate by Ferriter (2-for-4, RBI) who was the only UConn player with a multi-hit game.
Texas Tech will continue play in the state of Florida with a midweek, two-game series at Florida International on Monday and Tuesday at the FIU Baseball Stadium. Tech and the Panthers will open the midweek series with a 5 p.m. first pitch on Monday evening.