THE CITY OF OKLAHOMA – Texas Tech’s No.5 baseball lost a 7-2 decision to TCU’s No.15, then followed with a 7-2 loss to Kansas State to take its Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship outing. 2021 in Oklahoma City.
The Red Raiders (36-15) and Horned Frogs (38-16) returned to the pitch for a 9 a.m. start on Friday after their second round clash was postponed Thursday night. The Frogs took a 2-0 lead early in the first and got off to a good start from southpaw Russell Smith (7-3), who struck out 10 in 6.0 innings of work.
The loss sent Tech to the losing group where Tech faced a quick turnaround against the Wildcats (33-22). K-State took the lead with a pair of solo shots in the third and followed with a five-point fourth to build some distance with a 7-0 lead.
Patrick monteverde (6-3) was solid on his debut against TCU, spending a few unfortunate breaks. Only two of his four allowed runs have been earned, both in the first inning. The Horned Frogs took advantage of two field errors to score two runs in the third for a 4-0 lead.
Easton Murrell had two of Tech’s four hits against TCU, leading the fifth with a brace and scoring on a Nate rombach two-point circuit that halved the frog’s advance. It was Rombach’s third consecutive game and his fourth consecutive multi-RBI game.
The Red Raiders threatened again in the eighth, but TCU closed the game with 3.0 scoreless innings of relief from Garret Wright and Haylen Green and added three insurance runs in the seventh and eighth frames as they pulled away. qualified for Saturday’s semi-final to await the winner of the Red Raiders and Wildcats.
In Game 2 of the doubles program, K-State’s Cameron Thompson opened the scoring with a solo dinger in the third and called with a two-out and three-run double one set a set later to help K-State gain an advantage. of 5-0. Dylan Phillips also scored for the Wildcats in the third.
Trailing 7-0 in the fourth, Tech hit back with two runs in his half inning as Cole stilwell hit a double with an indent to the right as Murrell and Rombach pulled up a step loaded with bases. Tech, however, left the bases loaded in the inning and finished just 2 for 12 with runners on base.
K-State had 8.2 innings combined against starter Kasey Ford (5-2), who allowed two runs on a 3.2-frame hit, and reliever Tyler Eckberg, who added 5.0 innings without. goal, before Eric Torres entered for the final. While the Red Raiders were only required one hit in the first eight innings, they got nine free passes against the Wildcats, but failed to take advantage.
Right handed Micah Dallas (4-3) had given Tech four straight quality starts before Friday, but allowed six runs on four hits in 3.2 innings against the Wildcats. He gave way to Andre Devine and Ryan Sublette in the fourth like Sublette, Chase hampton, Brendan Girton and Connor queen kept the Wildcats in check the rest of the game.
The No.5 Texas Tech will be heading home to prepare for the NCAA tournament. The 16 regional sites will be announced on Sunday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m. CT. Full support will be revealed on Monday, May 31 at 11 a.m. during the Division I Baseball Championship Selection Show on ESPN2.
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