Clean Sweep: Red Raiders Fall 8-1 in Finale

Texas Tech could not find their offense this weekend in Waco as on Sunday Baylor completed the series sweep with an 8-1 win.

WACO, Texas - For the first time since 2002, when then-No.17 Texas A&M swept Texas Tech, the Red Raiders are coming out of the opening weekend of Big 12 Conference play without a win under their belt.

Baylor used two big innings on Sunday to bring in five of its runs in an 8-1 victory, completing the sweep of No. 27 Texas Tech (12-8, 0-3 in Big 12 play).

"Very disappointing," Tech head coach Dan Spencer said. "We were outplayed, outcoached, we had a hard time doing anything. We didn't play defense at the level we've played, and we didn't pitch at the level, we didn't swing the bat enough. We really didn't do anything very well over any period of time.

"We had some spurts where we did something well, but we'll have to get better and we'll have to get better quick."

Heading into the third inning, both teams had already not been able to cash in on scoring opportunities but Baylor (14-7, 3-0) was able to break through against Tech starting pitcher Shane Broyles.

Broyles (2-1) had been able to work through the lineup well up until the third when back-to-back hits got the Bears going, then a walk loaded them up for Logan Vick.

Vick delivered with a double over the head of Tech right fielder Jamodrick McGruder, scoring Lawton Langford and Nathan Orf making it 2-0 Baylor.

The Bears continued scoring in the inning, but it did not come off hits, rather mistakes by the Red Raiders – an error by Reid Redman at third base and a wild pitch from Broyles.

With a 4-0 lead in hand, Baylor leaned on its starting pitcher Max Garner to keep Tech off the scoreboard and that's exactly what he did en route to a career day.

Garner (2-2) at one point set down six batters in a row, with four of the outs coming via the strikeout. Garner finished the day with career-high nine strikeouts and went six and one-third innings pitched, which was another career-high.

The shutout would hold until the seventh inning when the Red Raiders finally got onto the board with an RBI single by shortstop Tim Proudfoot driving in Bryant Burleson, making it 4-1.

That would be the only run the Red Raiders would score, and Baylor would put the finishing touches on the game with a four-run seventh to pull to 8-1, which was the final score.

"Two big hits, a lot of good pitching," Baylor head coach Steve Smith said, "well played defensive game today, and pretty much the weekend was like that."

When looking at the weekend overall Smith said the biggest key for his team's success this weekend was their pitching and solid defense behind that.

For the Red Raiders the road trips are over for a little bit as Tech played nine of its last 11 games away from Rip Griffin Park, but now returns home for a while.

Tech opens a six-game home stand on Tuesday with a two-game series against Florida Gulf Coast and Redman said it will be good to be at home for a while now and try to get the ship righted.

"We just need to get back to what we're good at," he said. "Taking care of the little things, taking care of the ball, and coming up with timely hits, that's what killed us and that's what's killed us all year. But we'll be OK, we'll bounce back and we'll get better and we'll learn from it."


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