Tigers Rout Red Raiders 9-0 in Series Opener

Texas Tech did not have any answers for Missouri's big inning as the Red Raiders are now in danger of losing yet another Big 12 Conference series.

When it has come to the Red Raiders losing games this season, especially in Big 12 Conference play, it has been the same issues dooming the Red Raiders night in and night out– poor offensive, defensive or pitching performances.

In Friday's series opener against Missouri, Texas Tech fell short on all fronts losing 9-0, which has left Red Raider head coach Dan Spencer searching for answers at this point of the season.

"Same struggles, we didn't do a good job at all with men in scoring position or men on base at all," he said. "Very disappointing. We've done different things, it's disappointing, I mean you got to be able to score some runs. You got to be able to score when you have opportunities, I mean the guys a Friday night starter in this league but we had enough base runners to run a couple tallies, early in the game."

Tech (23-22, 3-13 in Big 12 Conference play) was able to keep Missouri off the board early by stranding five of their runners in the first three innings, but the Red Raiders were bit by the same bug.

Tigers' starter Rob Zastryzny (4-2), who threw his first career complete game, was able to work around leadoff doubles and walks to keep the Red Raiders in check stranding a total of nine Tech runners on the bases in the game.

Eventually the Tigers, who have now won four straight Big 12 contests, were able to figure out Tech starter John Neely (3-5), who did not record a one, two, three inning in the loss, was able to work around some mistakes until the fourth inning when everything came apart for the Red Raiders.

Missouri (23-17, 7-9 in Big 12 play) batted around in the frame, with two bunt singles, three doubles in the inning capping it off with a two-run home run by Blake Brown, who leads the team in long balls with eight, making it 7-0 just like that.

"Seven before you can blink your eye, seven in about 25 pitches," Spencer said. "It's disappointing, you've got to get an out when they bunt and you got to take care of the baseball, when they give you outs on the bags you've got to take them and we didn't. If things go bad on the mound, you got to have a little poise and make a pitch down in the zone and be done with it."

Down 7-0, the Red Raiders could not find the answer to Zastryzyn, as seven hits were scattered throughout the game and four of them coming from catcher Bo Altobelli, who was perfect at the dish on the evening and seemed to be the only one to figure out Zastryzyn.  

The Tigers finished off the Red Raiders, with the shutout raising a lot of questions about Tech as the season continues its downward spiral.

"I don't have a good answer for tonight, other than the fact that we didn't play well at all and especially just in the one inning primarily, defensively where like I said we didn't get an out on two bunt attempts and we didn't get throw a guy out when we had an opportunity when the guy swung through a hit and run ball.

"They made us pay for it, they made us pay for the extra outs."

The Red Raiders will try and find some answers as they hit the field for game two of the series against the Tigers on Saturday with first pitch set for 5 p.m. at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.

Tech will try and avoid its sixth straight Big 12 series loss of the season. The Red Raiders have yet to win a conference series in the 2012 campaign.

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