FORT WORTH — Tim Tadlock got a bit emotional after the game when he reflected to where he was 20 minutes before, standing in the dugout with one out left in the game and a pair of TCU runners in scoring position.
The Texas Tech coach had just gone to the bullpen and put Parker Mushinski on the mound to get the final out of the game.
“You’re sitting there in the ninth and you’re going,” he paused. “You love them either way.”
FORT WORTH — Freshman pitcher Steven Gingery stifled TCU from the start as he allowed just one run off four hits with six strikeouts.
Texas Tech, up by four, watched as that lead quickly disappeared after Gingery’s afternoon on the mound ended after four innings.
The Red Raider bullpen struggled against the best offensive team in the Big 12 as TCU evened the series with a 13-6 victory Saturday afternoon at Lupton Stadium.
The loss breaks Texas Tech’s five-game winning streak in Big 12 road games, the program’s longest since 2004.
FORT WORTH — The top of the sixth could have been over five batters in and Texas Tech might have failed to score in the frame, however, back-to-back TCU errors allowed the Red Raiders to take control en route to a 7-3 victory Friday night at Lupton Stadium in Fort Worth.
Texas Tech is now 6-0 in Big 12 series openers this year.
It was the Horned Frogs’ first conference loss at home this season.
The win gives No. 10 Texas Tech a three-game lead over No. 6 TCU in the Big 12 standings as the Red Raiders move to 13-3 on the season and the Horned Frogs drop to 10-6.
NO. 10 TEXAS TECH AT NO. 7 TCU
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There are only three freshman pitchers in the country who have at least six wins and an undefeated record. Two of them take the mound Saturday in Fort Worth — Texas Tech’s Davis Martin on Friday and TCU’s Dalton Horton.
Assuming neither Texas Tech nor TCU self-destructs down the stretch of the remainder of the regular season, this weekend could determine the Big 12 champion.
But let’s not get too ahead of ourselves.
Thus far, the top four teams have created some separation between themselves and the rest of the conference. This weekend, those top four teams face each other as Texas Tech travels to TCU and Oklahoma State travels to Texas.
Let’s look at what might go down in Fort Worth first. The Horned Frogs are 6-0 at home in Big 12 play this season.
MIDLAND — Zach Davis walked to lead off the bottom of the ninth.
Davis, who leads the Big 12 in stolen bases, advanced to second on a balk before Tyler Neslony singled to right field.
That put Davis 90 feet away from home plate before the Gutierrez was intentionally walked to load the bases.
Hunter Hargrove then stepped to the plate and delivered the walk-off single to deep left field to give Texas Tech the 5-4 victory over ACU Wednesday night at Security Bank Ballpark in Midland.
Red Raiders trying to forget run-rule loss to Texas on Sunday
COLLEGE BASEBALL: TEXAS TECH VS. ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
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Tim Tadlock is the type of coach who takes the season one day at a time, one game at a time.
Usually his players follow suit but they didn’t Sunday evening. Texas Tech had just been run-ruled at home for the first time since 2007. The Red Raiders had suffered their first loss of a Big 12 series, against Texas. For only the second time this year, Texas Tech had dropped back-to-back games.
Tuesday night's scheduled baseball game between Texas Tech and ACU at Crutcher Scott Field in Abilene has been moved to better accommodate both teams.Instead of playing Tuesday in Abilene, the teams have moved that game to Tuesday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m.
Tim Tadlock previously announced that Ryan Shetter would start in Sunday’s series finale against Texas, but another left-hander — with a 1.91 earned run average — approached the Texas Tech coach and said he wanted the ball.
That wasn’t the first time that’s happened as Cameron Smith did the same thing before he pitched a complete-game, three-hit shut out to earn the program’s first Super Regional berth.
With that history in mind, Tadlock didn’t see Texas’ 17-1 run-rule victory Sunday afternoon coming.
Texas Tech’s 11-game winning streak in Big 12 play and 13-game winning streak at home came to and end Saturday afternoon at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
After leading by three runs after four innings, the Red Raiders couldn’t score again as Texas plated six runs through the final four innings to hand Texas Tech a 7-4 loss.
The Red Raiders still look to record their first series victory over the Longhorns in Lubbock since Texas Tech took two-of-three games during the 2002 season.