Texas Tops Texas Tech, 9-1

The Longhorns took advantage of a big fifth inning Friday in the win after Texas Tech starting pitcher Dominic Moreno was struck in the arm by a line drive and was forced to leave the game.

Texas Tech let down a big crowd on Friday night falling to University of Texas, 9-1 in the first game of the series.

Texas Tech starting pitcher Dominic Moreno had a notable performance against the Longhorns but after being drilled by a line drive things went downhill. Throughout the first four innings Moreno kept the Longhorns to only one run, three hits and a tied ballgame. Then Zane Gurwitz drilled one right in to Moreno's bicep ending the inning for the Longhorns but the outing for Moreno.

"It caught him in the bicep and it started bruising up but we felt like he could go back out and he felt like he could go back out," Tadlock said. "Needless to say I wish we had that one to do over"

That served as the turning point of the ballgame. In the top of the fifth the Longhorns racked up a total of four runs on Dalton Brown who came in as relief. In every inning following the Longhorns scored, totaling 16 hits. Tadlock said damage control was key in the fifth but just didn't happen.

"If you minimize the damage there in the fifth inning you had a chance, and we just weren't able to minimize," Tadlock said.

The Red Raiders could not produce offensively against University of Texas's starting pitcher Parker French. Texas Tech recorded only one run, which was scored on French who pitched seven innings recording 2 strikeouts. After 101 pitches by French, Morgan Cooper came in as relief and did not allow any runs or hits.

If you take a look at the past Big 12 series of the season the Red Raiders have made some comebacks, and that's what they look to do the rest of the weekend. The Red Raiders will continue the series against Texas tomorrow at 2:00.

"It's tough loosing a game like that but we will come back tomorrow ready to play," Tadlock said.

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