Weekend Recap: Tech Takes Two From UTA

Justin Laney recaps the weekend that was for Red Raider baseball.

There's no question Texas Tech was riding high after a midweek split in Tucson with the 16th ranked and defending National Champion Arizona Wildcats.

But there was plenty of work to be had for Texas Tech. A tough, battle tested UT-Arlington squad came into Lubbock looking to make a statement against a confident Red Raider ball club.

However, the Mavericks, fresh off a 6-1 win over No. 12 Oklahoma on Tuesday night, took just one game as Texas Tech won the series against at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park over the weekend.

The Mavericks rode into Lubbock on fire offensively, with a .305 team batting average as well as .394 on base percentage so it was key for Tech pitching to avoid the free passes.

UTA had worked43 walks and 16 hit by pitches entering the weekend.

The Red Raider pitching staff only allowed eight walks throughout the three game set, most of which came on Sunday afternoon as it cost Texas Tech dearly in the final game of the three game set.

Here's a look at the scores from this weekend's action:

Friday, March 8th

Texas Tech 8, UTA 3

 

On Friday night, UTA demonstrated some solid starting pitching and reeled off a three run fifth inning to give right-hander Brad Vachon a three run cushion going forward.

 

However, Vachon was taken out to begin the sixth as he went five innings, allowing only one hit on just 81 pitches in a quality outing by the right hander.

 

Immediately following Vachon's exit, the Red Raider offense came alive as Tech promptly responded with a five run sixth inning to take a 5-3 lead, and they never looked back.

 

In total, Texas Tech scored eight unanswered runs to seal the crucial Game 1 victory.

 

Brett Bell and Jake Barrios led the Red Raider offense as they combined for 6-for-9 on the night, while accumulating four RBIs.

 

After the game, Coach Tadlock spoke about his team's ability to come back from an early deficit.

 

"It felt good with the way the wind was blowing in tonight. It's not a night you'd expect to score a whole bunch of runs. When you're down three, your mindset is getting one or two an inning to get back into the game," Tadlock said. "Their starter was outstanding. He was really good and pitched well. Our guys hung in there and had some good at bats. We had some good at bats against the starter, but balls started dropping in once they went to the pen."

 

Saturday, March 9th

Texas Tech 4, UTA 1

 

Saturday night was the Trey Masek Show as he extended his scoreless innings streak to a daunting 32. Masek was absolutely dominating against a very good UTA offense as he pitched eight innings, allowing no runs on a mere two hits while fanning seven Maverick hitters.

 

Following the game, Masek talked about the team gaining a little bit of confidence each and every day.

 

 "I feel like I'm in a good place physically and mentally. I feel like the team is in a good spot mentally. We've got a good streak going and we're going to try and come out and take one tomorrow and then get ready for Utah Valley," Junior right-hander Trey Masek said.  

 

There aren't many records of the longest scoreless streaks by a Red Raider pitcher, but Masek has become the first Tech pitcher in 12 years to have pitched 22 or more consecutive scoreless innings.

 

Sunday, March 9th

UTA 13, Texas Tech 12

 

Brace yourselves, the series finale between Texas Tech and UTA was a wild one.

 

In a game that featured numerous comebacks and many innings in which the scoreboard displayed crooked numbers, UT-Arlington bested Tech by a final score of 13-12.

 

As UTA built a fast and furious 7-1 lead in the third inning, Tech decided to put up a few runs of its own.

 

The Red Raiders rallied in the bottom half of the third with six runs on just two hits in the frame. Barrios capped off the big inning with a 2 out, 2-run homer over the left field wall to even things up at 7-7.

 

The Red Raiders would then tack on four more runs in the following two innings to extend their lead to 11-7.

 

However, one word seemed to be a theme throughout the afternoon.

 

Resilience.

 

The Mavericks would just not go away as they took a 12-11 lead in the eighth inning.

 

Tech would again tie it up in the eighth, but UTA took another lead, this time for good, at 13-12 on a two out Andre Wheeler walk.

 

Texas Tech dropped the series finale, but widened their overall mark against UT-Arlington to a 21-5 clip in the all-time series.

 

The next time Texas Tech steps on the field will be on Tuesday night as they open a two game midweek set with Utah Valley University.

 

This will be a homecoming of sorts for former Red Raider Catcher, Cooper Fouts, as he is an assistant coach on staff for the UVU Wolverines.

 

First pitch on Tuesday night is set for 6:30 p.m. at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.

 


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