OKLAHOMA CITY – The No. 6 Texas Tech baseball team dropped game three of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship to West Virginia, 12-4, on Friday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The Red Raiders (39-17) scored four runs on seven hits against the Mountaineers (29-26), while allowing seven unearned runs in the game. Sophomore Grant Little and freshman Gabe Holt each had two hits in the contest, with Holt tallying two RBI as well.
Junior right-handed pitcher Davis Martin got the start for the Red Raiders on Friday, going 3.2 innings against the Mountaineers. He allowed eight runs, four earned, on eight hits, walking two and striking out three to drop to 6-5 this season.
West Virginia struck first in the opening frame for an early 1-0 lead. Zarbnisky led off the inning with an infield single, then a failed pickoff attempt sent him over to third, allowing an RBI groundout from Hill to score the first run of the game.
Tech tied it up in the bottom of the second inning thanks to an RBI single from junior Cameron Warren. Little scored from second on the play after reaching to begin the frame on an error, then got into scoring position after a walk to senior Zach Rheams. With one out, Warren sent a single through the left side of the infield for his fourth RBI of the tournament.
WVU countered in its next trip to the plate, scoring four to take a 5-1 lead. Four-straight hits, which featured an infield single from White and a bloop knock from Hill brought in the first two runs in the inning. A two-out, looping single from Doanes to center field scored two more to complete the frame.
The Mountaineers added three runs in the fourth to make it 8-1. A passed-ball strikeout continued the inning and set up the first run, as an RBI single two batters later from Hill scored Zarbnisky. Later in the frame, an errant throw to first on an infield single landed out of play and allowed two runs to come across home.
Tech racked up a three-run inning of their own in the fifth, as a pair of walks & a sacrifice bunt were fulfilled by a bases-clearing double by Holt to the right field wall for the first two runs of the frame. He’d move over to third on a single from sophomore Brian Klein, then score on an RBI groundout from sophomore Josh Jung cut the deficit to 8-4.
After two scoreless innings, WVU picked up another run on an error from a grounder with runners on the corners to push the score to 9-4. The Mountaineers scored two more in the eighth due to an error and a double play to make it 11-4, resulting in seven unearned runs in the contest. West Virginia closed the scoring with a run in the ninth on a double from Inman to bring the score to its final at 12-4.
The Red Raiders return home to await their fate for NCAA Tournament play, which is set to begin on Friday, June 1. Regional hosts will be announced Sunday, May 27, at 7:30 p.m., with the entire NCAA field released on Monday at 11 a.m. on ESPNU. Tech heads into the postseason with a 39-17 overall record and a top-five RPI ranking.