Baylor used a six-run second inning and four home runs overall to defeat No. 5 Texas Tech, 12-4, Friday night in the series opener at a sold out Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Baylor's 11 runs marked the most this season by a Big 12 foe against the Red Raiders (26-9; 7-6), who will need to bounce back over the next two days to win its third-straight conference series and fourth this season. Baylor (25-12; 6-7) has not left Lubbock with a series win since 2010.
The Bears were able to break the game open in the second inning with four runs before the Red Raiders were able to record their first out as Cade Currington connected on a two-run homer followed by a RBI double from Kyle Nevin and a RBI single from Chase Wehsener. Currington brought home another run later in the inning with a bases-loaded walk.
Baylor added a pair of solo blasts later in the game as Wehsener went deep in the third followed by Davion Downey in the seventh. The Bears also plated three runs in the eighth off a Jack Pineda two-run homer and a RBI double from Andy Thomas.
The Red Raiders chipped away with runs in the second, fourth and seventh, but couldn't come up with the crooked number it needed as Baylor starter Tyler Thomas (5-2) tossed 6.0 innings to earn the win. He gave up two runs in his outing – a Cody Masters sacrifice fly in the second followed by a solo home run from Braxton Fulford in the fourth. It was the eighth home run of the season for Fulford.
Thomas allowed only four hits to the Red Raiders on the night as he escaped a bases-loaded jam in the sixth with one of his seven strikeouts. Tech added only two runs off Baylor's three relievers, which came on a Drew Baker sacrifice fly in the seventh and an Easton Murrell two-out RBI double in the ninth.
Murrell and Baker had the lone multi-hit performances for the Red Raiders as Tech got outhit 14-8. Murrell recorded a pair of doubles and both players finished with an RBI.
Tech starter Patrick Monteverde (6-2) took the loss for the Red Raiders in a rare off-night where he allowed seven runs off eight hits in only four innings of work. His four innings of work matched his shortest outing of the season.
The Red Raiders and Bears are back at it for the second game of the series on Saturday at 2 p.m. It will be a matchup of two right-handers on the mound with sophomore Micah Dallas (1-2, 3.66 ERA) going for Tech against senior Hayden Kettler (3-2, 3.99 ERA) for Baylor.