The No. 22 Texas Tech baseball team came up short in extra innings against No. 18 Baylor in an 11-10 loss on Thursday at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
With the loss, the Red Raiders are now 23-13 with a 6-7 record in Big 12 play.
The first three Bears of the game were retired in the first inning, but Shea Langeliers singled up the middle, and Andy Thomas was hit by a pitch to put two runners on in the second. Cole Haring then sent a hit past junior Josh Jung to send Langeliers home, giving Baylor an early 1-0 lead.
A sac fly was hit to right field by Josh Bissonette, and Mack Mueller doubled to right center, sending both Thomas and Haring home give the Bears a 3-0 advantage.
Tech struck back with freshman Cole Stilwell and sophomore Parker Kelly earning singles putting runners on the corners. Sophomore Braxton Fulford then singled to right center to send Stilwell home and cut into Baylor’s lead, 3-1. The Red Raiders cut the Bears’ lead, 3-2, after sophomore Gabe Holt sent Kelly home with an infield hit.
Starting pitcher, redshirt junior Erikson Lanning gave up two hits and a walk, loading the bases for the Bears in the top of the third inning. With two outs, junior Caleb Freeman took the mound to close the inning. Lanning pitched for 2.2 innings, giving up three earned runs, seven hits and one walk as he struck out a single batter.
Baylor’s Mack Mueller hit one over the left-field wall for a grand slam while facing a full count to give the Bears a 7-2 lead after the top of the third inning.
Jung answered back in the bottom of the inning, launching one over the right-field wall for his fifth home run of the season to cut Baylor’s lead, 7-3. With the homer, Jung is now tied with sophomore Dylan Neuse for the second-most on the team.
In the top of the fourth inning, Freeman walked Richard Cunningham and gave up a two-run homer to Davis Wendzel, growing Baylor’s lead, 9-3.
As the Red Raiders trailed the Bears by six runs, freshman Hunter Dobbins took the mound to start the fifth inning. Freeman exited the game after pitching in 1.1 innings, giving up three hits, three earned runs and a walk while striking a single batter out.
Klein was the first Red Raider to land on base in the bottom of the fifth inning with a ground-rule double and Jung followed with a walk. Senior Cameron Warren then sent Klein and Jung home with a double to right-center for his conference-leading 44th RBI.
Sophomore Cody Masters followed with a two-run shot over the right-center wall, cutting Baylor’s lead down, 9-7.
Opening the bottom of the sixth inning, Fulford doubled to right center and made his way to third off a sac fly hit by Holt. Fulford sprinted home on a passed ball to make it a one-run game with a 9-8 score.
After two scoreless innings, Haring sent one over the right-field wall to extend Baylor’s lead, 10-8, in the top of the seventh inning. Junior John McMillon then took the mound after Dobbins pitched in 2.1 innings, giving up two hits and one earned run while striking one batter out.
In the bottom of the eighth, Holt landed on base with a double down the left-field line to put himself in scoring position. Neuse then followed with a hit to the right-center wall to send Holt home to make it a one-run game. Jung then sent Neuse home after firing one to the right-center wall to tie the game, 10-10.
Both the Red Raiders and Bears were unable to score in the ninth, sending the game into extra innings.
Giving up a hit in the top of the 11th inning, McMillon was replaced at the mound with junior Dane Haveman. McMillon pitched in 4.0 innings, giving up one hit and no runs. McMillon also earned four late-game strikeouts.
Baylor’s Cunningham landed a hit to center field, sending Nick Loftin home to give the Bears an 11-10 lead in the 11th inning. The top of the inning ended with a double play as Klein fielded a grounder, tossed it to Jung who them made the out at first base.
Warren was the first Red Raider to land on base in the 11th after being walked, and he moved to second off a sac bunt by freshman Dru Baker. Stilwell popped up and Kelly struck out swinging, securing the 11-10 Baylor win in Lubbock.
Tech and Baylor will face off again at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, as the Red Raiders look to even up the series. Friday’s game will be aired on FOX Sports 1 for fans who cannot make it to Dan Law Field.