No. 6 Tech Uses Long Ball To Defeat No. 2 TCU, 6-4

No. 6 Tech Uses Long Ball To Defeat No. 2 TCU, 6-4

Ryan Long Ryan Long

LUBBOCK, Texas – After play was suspended Saturday afternoon due to rain with a 2-1 TCU lead, the No. 6 Texas Tech baseball team returned on Sunday and picked up a 6-4 victory to even the series.
 
The Red Raiders (35-12, 10-7) forced a rubber-match with the Horned Frogs (31-10, 12-5) for later in the day after scoring five of their six runs after play resumed on Sunday. The win improved Tech to 6-0 in games that left-hander Steven Gingery has gotten the start on the mound during conference play.
 
The Huntington Beach, California, native was only able to get 3.0 innings of action on Saturday due to the rain delay. In his 10th appearance overall and sixth in Big 12 action, Gingery allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits, while striking out five. In all 10 appearances, Gingery has recorded at least five strikeouts.
 
The Red Raiders struck first in game two courtesy of a bases-loaded wild pitch, scoring senior outfielder Ryan Long from third in the opening frame. Long reached first after battling through a 10-pitch walk and was scored on a wild pitch during freshman designated hitter John McMillon's at-bat.
 
However, TCU added two over the next two innings to take a 2-1 lead. A solo homer from Baker evened the game, while a throwing error while trying to turn two allowed Skoug to score to move ahead.
 
With the score at 2-1 and two outs in the bottom of the third inning, the game was suspended until 11 a.m. on Sunday.
 
Freshman right-hander Caleb Kilian would get the nod for the Red Raiders on Sunday. Kilian went 3.1 innings, giving up two runs on three hits, while striking out one.
 
Tech tied the game at two in the bottom the fourth thanks to another wild pitch, scoring freshman catcher Michael Berglund from third, who reached base earlier in the inning by smacking a single through the middle of the infield.
 
The Frogs would score a pair of runs in the top of the fifth to break the tie, a frame that saw TCU post two hits, a walk, and a sacrifice fly to make the score 4-2. In the bottom half of the inning, McMillon crushed a solo dinger well over the batter's eye in center field to cut it to 4-3.
 
It was McMillon's seventh homer of the year and was his second hit of the afternoon, the only Red Raider with a multi-hit game in game two of the series.
 
Tech's second home run of the day helped seal Sunday's early game, as freshman infielder Brian Klein crushed a two-out, three-run bomb onto the Terry & Linda Fuller track in right field to give Tech a 6-4 advantage. Klein's second homer of the year, and week, drove in Little & Jung, who reached via a single & walk, respectively.
 
Junior lefty Parker Mushinski would finish out the game for the Red Raiders, posting 2.2 innings of scoreless relief to earn his second save of the year, giving up only two hits and striking out a career-high five batters. Kilian improved to 4-0 this season with the win.

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