The Big XII Tournament has not been kind to the Texas Tech Red Raiders’ baseball team through the first two days. Major League Baseball prospect Trey Masek pitched eight innings giving up four runs on six hits. First Baseman Eric Gutierrez drove in a couple runs with a two-run shot in the fourth inning to take a 2-1 lead before Masek gave up three runs in the bottom of the inning.
Gutierrez would get hit by a pitch in the sixth inning and would end up scoring on a Jarrard Poteete double to left field. Tech couldn’t muster up any more runs and ended up falling to number one seed Kansas State 4-3.
For the second day in a row Tech’s baseball team would squander good pitching as Dominic Moreno would pitch 7+ innings of one run baseball before being pulled in favor of Dalton Brown. Brown was ineffective as was the rest of the bullpen. They allowed six runs to cross home plate in the final two innings.
Oklahoma Pitcher’s Dillon Overton, Ralph Garza Jr. and Kindle Ladd combined to shutout Texas Tech while only giving up four hits and walking three. The one run scored in the fourth inning would be all they would need in this contest. Tech at one point had the bases loaded but couldn’t get the timely hit to bring anyone around to score.
Texas Tech will finish up their baseball season tomorrow against the Baylor Bears, who they beat in two of the three final games to clinch a spot in this tournament knocking out perennial power Texas Longhorns. The Red Raiders needed a strong performance to find a way into the NCAA tournament to earn a shot at Omaha.