Missouri right-hander Aaron Crow pitched eight shutout innings with nine strikeouts and Nick Tepesch sealed the game with a scoreless ninth as the second-ranked Tigers took a 1-0 series-opening win on Friday evening at Dan Law Field.
The loss drops Texas Tech to 12-12 on the season and 2-5 in the Big 12 while Missouri improved to 20-3 and 4-0 in league play.
Missouri got the only run it needed in the top of the first inning as designated hitter Jacob Priday delivered a clutch two-out single up the middle that scored Greg Folgia. Folgia and Kurt Calvert led off the game with a back-to-back singles to set up the scoring opportunity for Priday.
The Tigers then rode the arm of ace Aaron Crow (6-0) who pushed his scoreless streak to 33 2/3 innings by holding Tech to just two hits and struckout nine over the next eight innings. Crow came into tonight's game having thrown back-to-back shutouts.
Texas Tech got a strong start from right-hander Nate Karns (1-4) who had struggled in his last three outings on the mound. Karns allowed just one run on six hits over 5 1/3 innings and struckout five.
Nick Tepesch picked up his fourth save after pitching a scoreless ninth.
The Red Raiders will look to even up this three-game series on Saturday afternoon. First pitch for game-two is set for 2 p.m.
R H E
Missouri 100 000 000 - 1 6 1
Texas Tech 000 000 000 - 0 3 1
WP = Aaron Crow (6-0)
LP = Nate Karns (1-4)
SV = Nick Tepesch (4)
- The last time Texas Tech suffered a 1-0 loss was against Texas A&M here at Dan Law Field on April 4, 1992.
- Missouri has yet to allow an earned run in Big 12 play and only give up two runs in league games.
- The No. 2 Tigers are the highest ranked team to come to Dan Law Field since then No. 2 Texas visited Lubbock back in 2004.
- The shutout marked the second of the season for Tech as then No. 19 Louisiana-Lafayette held the Red Raiders scoreless in a 4-0 loss in the season opener back in Feb. 23.
- Missouri now leads the all-time series 21-17 while Tech still maintains a 10-6 advantage in games played in Lubbock.