Horns swept in first Big 12 series
Texas Tech roughs up UT’s pitching staff for 15 hits and eight runs.
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