Late inning collapse spells doom for Tech

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech's bullpen caved for the second-straight game as Dallas Baptist scored seven runs in the eighth and ninth to pull away from the Red Raiders 11-2 on Wednesday afternoon at Dan Law Field.

The loss drops the Red Raiders to 6-9 overall and marked the last non-conference tune-up before the start of Big 12 Conference play on Friday evening.  With the win, Dallas Baptist improves to 10-3 and has won five-straight.

Nothing went right for the Red Raiders from the very beginning as a fielding error by shortstop Joey Kenworthy and a pair of walks by right-hander Nate Karns eventually led to two Patriot runs.  Ryan Thompson made the Red Raiders pay for those mistakes with a two-RBI single through the right side to give Dallas Baptist an early 2-0 lead.

The Patriots added two more runs in the top of the second to take a 4-0 lead.  A leadoff walk by Brandon Bantz and a bunt single by Clay Kelly helped set up a two-run double by center fielder Ryan Enos.  Enos would add two more RBIs in the eighth inning to give him a game-high of four, while increasing his season total to 25.

After being held scoreless over the first five innings of the game, the Red Raiders scratched out single runs in the sixth and seventh to make it a two-run game at 4-2.  Freshman designated hitter Scott LeJeune drove in the first run of the day with a bases loaded RBI single, with one out in the sixth.  LeJeune's single scored Michael Reed who was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning.

In the seventh, Reed drove in what turned out to be Tech's last run of the game with a sacrifice fly to center that scored Jeremy Mayo.  Mayo pinch hit for Mason Macnoll in the inning and drove a single into center field for what would be the first of two hits for the sophomore catcher on the afternoon.

Just like the Oregon State game, the Red Raider bullpen crashed in the eighth inning as Tech relievers Austin Quick and Lorenzo Douglas walked four DBU hitters to help open the floodgates.  The Patriots pounded out four runs in the inning and tacked on three more in the ninth to take an 11-2 win.

Junior right-hander Nate Karns (0-2) was charged with the loss after giving up four runs (three earned) on three hits and five walks over 5 1/3 innings.  Victor Black improved to 2-0 on the season after holding Tech to just one run on three hits and struckout six over six innings.

Texas Tech will look for a fresh start on Friday as the Red Raiders begin the second half of the 2009 season as Big 12 Conference play gets underway.  The Red Raiders will host the Nebraska Cornhuskers for a three-game series beginning with a 6:30 CDT first pitch on Friday.  The series continues at 5 p.m. on Saturday and concludes at 1 p.m. on Sunday.