LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Texas Tech softball team earned a win against Kansas on Saturday, 4-1, in a game that was resumed after being suspended due to weather on Friday evening.
The Red Raiders then dropped the second game of the series, 5-4, on a walk-off single from Kansas’ Mariah Montgomery, evening the series at a game apiece.
Tech (38-14, 11-9) will try to earn the series win in the finale at 2 p.m. today.
Cara Custer (24-9) took the loss after giving up four runs, three earned, in 31/3 innings of relief.
■ Men’s tennis
COLLEGE STATION — The Texas Tech men’s tennis team suffered a heartbreaking loss to Baylor, 4-3, in the Big 12 Conference tournament semifinals on Saturday afternoon at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.
The No. 19 Red Raiders claimed the doubles point and led, 3-2, with two matches remaining on the court. But Baylor’s Kike Grangeiro topped Gabriel Wanderley in the third set. That left the match in the hands of Vitor Manzini, who waged a marathon battle with Diego Galeano before losing, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3).
For as thrilled as Tech (15-8) was with its win over Texas in the regular-season finale, coach Tim Seigel said the team was equally disheartened by Saturday’s loss.
Tech lost a key point at No. 2 singles. Raony Carvalho led the first set against Roberto Maytin, 4-0, 40-love, but Maytin fought back to win the set (7-5) and the match.
■ Women’s tennis
COLLEGE STATION — The Texas Tech women’s tennis team’s bid for a Big 12 Conference tournament title — to go along with the regular-season title it won last week — fell short on Saturday.
The No. 21 Lady Raiders lost to Texas, 4-1, in Saturday’s semifinals at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.
Tech (19-5) won the doubles point with victories at the No. 1 position from Samantha Adams and Kenna Kilgo and at No. 3 from Elizabeth Ullathorne and Rashmi Teltumbde.
But the Lady Raiders dropped four straight singles matches — all in straight sets — on its way to losing to Texas for the second time in three weeks. No other Big 12 team has defeated Tech this season.
Next up for the Lady Raiders is the first round of the NCAA tournament, which begins May 11. Tech will find out its opponent and the location of its match during the tournament selection at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
■ Men’s golf
TRINITY — The Texas Tech men’s golf team will begin the final round of the Big 12 Conference tournament today in the hunt for its first conference title.
The Red Raiders shot a 290 during the third round Saturday afternoon at Whispering Pines, and they will begin the final round in third place, 10 shots behind leader Texas A&M.
Freshman Clement Sordet has led the charge for Tech. Sordet shot a 2-under 70 on Saturday to move into a tie for fourth place.
Matias Dominguez is close behind, siting in a tie for sixth place at 1-over, 217 for the tournament.
Tech will kick off the final round at 8:18 a.m. today.
■ Women’s golf
LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Texas Tech women’s golf team moved up two spots during the third round of the Big 12 Conference tournament and enters today’s final round in seventh place.
The Lady Raiders shot a 23-over 303 on Saturday at the Lawrence Country Club, improving their first-round total by 23 strokes.
Tech’s performance has been a balanced one, with Gabriella Dominguez, Kimberly Kaufman and Deborah DeVilla all tied for 19th at 158. Kaufman made the biggest improvement in round two, firing a 73 after shooting an 85 in the first round.
Tech is 28 shots behind leader Oklahoma (608). Iowa State (613) finished the second round in second place and Baylor (615) is in third.
The Lady Raiders will aim to finish the final round strong when they tee off at 8:56 a.m. today.