LUBBOCK, Texas–West Virginia’s rally attempt fell short as No. 7 Texas Tech defeated the Mountaineers 8-5 on Saturday afternoon.
WVU (10-14, 1-5 Big 12) scored two runs in the ninth and had the go-ahead run up to bat. However, the Mountaineers were unable to complete the comeback.
WVU took a 3-1 lead in the fifth inning. With one out, Kyle Gray walked and scored on Andrew Zitel’s double to tie the game. Zitel scored on Chase Illig’s base hit to left field. Back-to-back singles from Brandon White and Jimmy Galusky loaded the bases for Braden Zarbnisky, who drove home Illig on a groundout.
The Red Raiders (23-6, 3-3 Big 12) answered with seven runs in the next two innings. WVU scored two in the ninth and loaded the bases, but a double play ended the game.
Righty Shane Ennis suffered the loss and falls to 3-2 on the season. He allowed four runs, three earned, on three hits with two strikeouts and two walks.
Starting pitcher Kade Strowd allowed one run on four hits in 4.0 innings. He struck out two.
Ennis relieved Strowd to start the fifth. He allowed a one-out walk, but a strike-him-out, throw-him-out double play ended the inning.
Texas Tech regained the lead in the sixth, scoring four runs, one unearned, on four hits with two WVU errors. Grant Little’s two-run blast tied the game at 3-3. With runners on second and third, a throwing error gave the Red Raiders a 4-3 advantage. Cody Farhat’s single through the left side tacked on one more run.
A three-run homer from Michael Davis gave Texas Tech an 8-3 lead in the seventh.
The Mountaineers fought back in the ninth, scoring two runs on two hits to cut the deficit to 8-5. Isaiah Kearns drove in the first run with a single to right field. A walk loaded the bases for Zarbnisky, who also walked to bring home the second run. With the tying run on first base, a double play ended the game.
WVU travels to Penn State on Tuesday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Cover Photo: Jeff Ruff, BGS