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.
As the sky grew darker, the Texas Tech bats got hotter and the sold out crowd of 4,432 got louder as the Red Raiders took on Texas.
After scoring only six runs off nine hits through the first six innings, Texas Tech exploded for seven runs off four hits in the seventh en route to a 13-6 win over Texas.
Those 13 runs were the most Texas Tech has scored against Texas since April 18, 1999, when the Red Raiders defeated the Longhorns 13-12 in Austin.
According to Texas Tech designated hitter Cory Raley, Eric Gutierrez — the Big 12 leader in RBIs — is the “head honcho” of putting in the extra work late at night to improve at the plate.
As a freshman last year, Tanner Gardner watched Gutierrez and learned. “Gute’s up here until 8 or 9 at night just taking hacks off the machine,” Gardner said. “You see that and think, ‘Hey, that’s where I want to be.’”
Gardner hit .238 in his inaugural season at Texas Tech.
This year, Gardner leads the Red Raiders, and is second in the conference, with a .390 average.
New Mexico snapped Texas Tech’s 10-game winning streak in walk-off fashion.
With a runner on first in the bottom of the 10th inning, Dalton Bowers doubled to right center field and Andrew Vigil came around to score to give the Lobos a 6-5 victory Wednesday in Albuquerque.
It was the first extra-inning game between Texas Tech and New Mexico since the Red Raiders won 8-7 on Feb. 14, 2006.
Entering the midweek series, there were only five teams in the country with more hits thus far on the season than New Mexico.
Texas Tech has now won 10 games in a row as the Red Raiders defeated New Mexico 7-4 Tuesday night at Santa Ana Star Field.
The win gives Texas Tech its third-straight 30 win season (30-9).
The Red Raiders never trailed as their offense went to work quickly.
Trey Ochoa doubled down the right field line and later crossed home plate off a triple by Tanner Gardner.
Gardner, however, was stranded 90 feet away from the plate as Cory Raley lined out to shortstop and Eric Gutierrez grounded out to the pitcher.
The Red Raiders added to their lead the next inning.
TEXAS TECH AT NEW MEXICO
7 P.M. TUESDAY; 2 P.M. WEDNESDAY
Texas Tech hosted New Mexico in March and defeated the Lobos 14-10.
Cory Raley and Eric Gutierrez drove in three runs apiece and three other Red Raiders finished with two RBIs as Texas Tech scored what was then a season-high in runs.
Texas Tech benefited from a successful day from the top of the lineup as Stephen Smith, Zach Davis, Tanner Gardner, Cory Raley and Eric Gutierrez combined to go 12-for-18 with 11 RBIs and 11 runs scored.
Michael Davis is hot.
And the Texas Tech baseball team is on fire.
Davis continued his torrid play and Texas Tech won its ninth game in a row, defeating San Diego State 7 -2 on Sunday at Rip Griffin Park
Davis has driven in a run in eight of the Red Raiders’ (29-9) last nine games (all wins) and upped his season total to 31 in the process.
Ryan Shetter got his chance Saturday.
And the Texas Tech freshman pitcher made the most of it, throwing 5 2/3 shutout innings in his first start of the season and leading the Red Raiders to a 10-0 win over San Diego State at Rip Griffin Park.
Shetter got the start in place of Steven Gingery, who Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock sat in order to get the fellow freshman a little extra rest.
And Shetter didn’t disappoint. The freshman had a 3.79 ERA in 11 relief appearances this season, but came on even stronger Saturday.
Hayden Howard dominated.
Howard didn’t allow a hit struck out four through three innings as Texas Tech defeated San Diego State 3-1 Friday afternoon in the series opener at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
“I just wanted to throw strikes and let the defense work behind me,” Howard said. “I knew they were going to make plays. Just try to limit walks and throw it in the zone. Let them hit it.”
Howard took over for freshman Davis Martin (5-0), who gave up one run off nine hits through six innings of work.
TEXAS TECH VS. SAN DIEGO STATE
NOON FRIDAY; NOON SATURDAY; 11:30 A.M. SUNDAY
DAN LAW FIELD
Recapping last series
The Red Raiders completed a season sweep of Sam Houston State by defeating the Bearkats 8-6 and 20-3 in a Wednesday doubleheader.
In both contests, Texas Tech saw its bats get to work early en route to churning out 28 runs on 22 hits.