Horns swept in first Big 12 se­ries

Texas Tech roughs up UT’s pitch­ing staff for 15 hits and eight runs.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Danny Davis daniel­d­avis@states­man.com UT base­ball

Texas didn’t fare so well this week­end in its first Big 12 base­ball test.

The let­ter grade re­ceived by the Longhorns? L.

Be­hind 15 hits, Texas Tech dealt the Longhorns their third straight loss, an 8-5 de­feat Sun­day for the Red Raiders’ se­ries sweep on the open­ing week­end of con­fer­ence play. Texas (13-9) en­tered the week­end with a sixgame win­ning streak. Texas Tech, ranked No. 6 in the coun­try by D1Base­ball.com, im­proved to 17-4.

“Texas Tech is a lot bet­ter than us right now, and we’ve got to im­prove,” said Texas coach David Pierce, whose team is 0-3 in Big 12 play. “The one thing I do think, we have is some re­silience. There’s no­body in that club­house giv­ing up; it’s re­ally early.”

Texas, which dropped a pair of 2-1 games to open the se­ries Fri­day and Satur­day, came out swing­ing Sun­day.

Kacy Cle­mens and Bret Boswell pro­duced run-scor­ing hits in the first in­ning, and David Hamil­ton plated a run on a sec­ond-in­ning fielder’s choice. Hamil­ton’s RBI boosted the Longhorns to a 3-1 lead.

Those three runs would have been a god­send Fri­day and Satur­day. Sun­day, though, was a dif­fer­ent story.

Six UT pitch­ers com­bined to give up Texas’ sea­son highs in hits and runs al­lowed. Texas’ ERA in­flated from 2.49 to 2.75, and Texas Tech be­came the third UT op­po­nent to hit two home runs in a game.

The Red Raiders took con­trol dur­ing the fourth in­ning, scor­ing four runs and chas­ing Texas starter Blair Hen­ley.

Pierce said Hen­ley was “OK at times, he was re­ally good at

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