LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 16 Texas Tech baseball battled back from a 9-3 hole to send the game into extras before falling, 11-10, in 11 innings against No. 18 Baylor Thursday night at Rip Griffin Park in the first of a three-game series, presented by Texas Farm Bureau.
The Red Raiders (23-13, 6-7) received home runs from junior Josh Jung and sophomore Cody Masters and set a season high with seven doubles to fuel the rally. Baylor (26-10, 9-3), however, pushed across the winning run in the top of the eleventh as leadoff hitter Nick Loftin doubled down the line in right and scored on a Richard Cunningham single to center.
After tossing 3.2 scoreless innings in relief last Friday at West Virginia, junior John McMillon (0-2) was sensational out of the pen once again. He retired the first 12 batters he faced in order before giving his only hit over 4.0 frames on the double from Loftin in the eleventh. The Bears were able to knock in the winning run after Tech made a change for lefty Dane Haveman, who turned around to end the inning with a double play.
McMillon combined with freshman right-hander Hunter Dobbins to cover 6.1 innings of relief from the fifth inning on. Their efforts helped Tech battle out of a 9-3 deficit. All nine Red Raiders in the starting lineup recorded hits for the second time this season, including multi-hit efforts from Jung, Brian Klein, Cole Stilwelland Braxton Fulford.
It was Klein who sparked a two-out rally in the fifth with a double to right center. After Jung walked, senior Cameron Warren smoked a double to the gap that brought in two runs. Masters made it a four-run inning with his fourth home run of the season, cutting the Baylor lead to 9-7.
Tech pulled within a run one inning later as Fulford led off the frame with a double to right center and came home on a passed ball. After a solo shot from Baylor in the seventh, Tech recorded three more doubles in the eighth to even the score at 10-10. Sophomore Gabe Holt got it started with a double inside the line in left, then sophomore Dylan Neuse traded places on an RBI double. With two outs, Jung delivered a clutch RBI double to help Tech send it to extras.
Jung, Warren and Masters all finished with two RBI in the contest as the Red Raiders outhit the Bears 16-14. Baylor closer Kyle Hill (6-0) earned the win in extended innings Thursday, striking out six over 3.1 innings. Hill has yet to allow a run this season in 24.1 innings.
The Red Raiders will look to even up the series on Friday at 6:30 p.m. on FS1. Norense Odiase, Tariq Owens and Matt Mooney of the Texas Tech men's basketball program will be on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at approximately 6:20 p.m. Freshman Micah Dallas (3-0, 3.66) will be on the hill for Tech while left-hander Paul Dickens (4-1, 3.56 ERA) gets the start for Baylor.