Tech Wins 14-Inning Thriller, Burleson Hero

Bryant Burleson stepped into the box in the biggest spot of the game and delivered and sent the Red Raider faithful home happy on Friday night.

Bases loaded, two outs, down by one in the 14th inning.

That was the situation Texas Tech freshman Bryant Burleson adopted when he stepped into the batters box Friday night at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park in front of 4,281 fans.

And Burleson delivered.

A two-out single to right field scoring Scott LeJeune and Trey Masek to complete the comeback, upset No. 25 Texas and seal the momentous 7-6 victory.

In the 141-game history of the Tech vs. Texas series the 14-inning game marked the longest game, by innings, between the two teams. The previous long was a 13-inning game back in 1971.

Tech (18-14, 3-8 in Big 12 Conference play) entered Friday's game not only needing a win in league play, but was in dire need of a win.

Heading into the fourth inning, there was still no score up on the board, but the Longhorns were able to strike first.

Texas (16-12, 6-2) was able to push two across in the fourth, but Tech answered right back with three of its own in the bottom half of the inning.

After a Barrett Barnes double, LeJeune, who finished the game 4-for-7 at the plate with three RBIs.

The Tech first baseman would drive in the Red Raiders fourth run of the game in the fifth inning on an RBI single bringing in Jamodrick McGruder making it 4-2 Tech.

The lead would hold until the seventh inning, when Texas rallied with a RBI single from Tim Maitland, scoring Jacob Felts, then Mark Payton tripled, scoring Maitland to tie the game at four apiece.

After this the marathon ensued – a 14-inning one to be exact.

The Longhorns would actually grab the lead in the 14th inning as Kevin Lusson singled to right field driving in Payton and Brooks Marlow to get the 6-4 lead.

Tech needed a comeback and got one.

Following LeJeune's third RBI of the night, the bases were loaded for Burleson, who entered the box hitless in the game, but delivered with two outs to give the Red Raiders the much-needed win.

Jamen Parten (1-0) got the win for the Red Raiders, while Corey Knebel (2-1), Texas' normal closer, who pitched 6.2 innings, got the loss.

Tech and Texas are back in action on Saturday in the series finale with first pitch set for 2 p.m. at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.


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