With two outs in the eighth inning and a 1-0 lead against a struggling Texas Tech offense, the Baylor Bears were about to bring out the brooms and celebrate a sweep against the Red Raiders.
It didn't matter that Ryan Long and Jake Barrios were on base with Adam Kirsch batting. Tech scored one run and left 19 runners stranded in the first two games.
Kirsch hit a routine fly ball to left field. Baylor Left fielder Lane Kelley settled in so he could make the catch. The ball fell into the palm of Kelley's glove and dropped to the grass.
With two outs, the runners were going. Both scored easily to give Tech its first lead of the weekend.
Three hits, two walks, one hit batsman and a fielder's interference brought in five more runs in the eighth inning pushing Tech (16-5, 1-2) to a 7-1 victory over the Baylor Bears (10-9, 2-1) in Waco.
The lone run for the Bears came in the first inning as three of their four weekend runs did. Brett Doe scored on a Duncan Wendel RBI single to give the Bears an early 1-0 lead. It was the only earned run against Tech's two pitchers during the game. Junior LHP Cameron Smith started the game allowing the lone run, earned, on three hits, a walk and a hit better in five innings. Corey Taylor (W, 3-0) tossed four innings of relief surrendering one walk. The two combine for seven strikeouts.
Baylor starter Austin Stone produced 17 outs before Doug Ashby finished the sixth inning. Drew Tolson (L, 0-4) came in for the seventh and left the game with Barrios and Long on the base paths. None of the runs were credited to his name because of the error.
It is the Bear's second loss at home this season. Baylor will have a midweek home game against Houston Baptist before hosting Oklahoma State.
Texas Tech will now turn their attention to a two-game home series against the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks. Tech defeated Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches 5-4 after a ninth inning Eric Gutierrez double bringing in two runs Feb. 27. The midweek series comes before a weekend conference road trip to Fort Worth where the Red Raiders face TCU.
First pitch Tuesday is set for 6:30.
Tech Baseball Takes Game 3 in Waco
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