ARLINGTON, Texas - Senior Cooper Fouts laid down a sacrifice bunt in the top of the ninth that gave No. 25 Texas Tech a 5-4 come-from-behind win over Texas-Arlington on Tuesday afternoon at Clay Gould Ballpark in Arlington.
The win snaps a three-game losing skid by the Red Raiders as Tech improves to 18-8 overall while UTA falls to 15-14 after winning four straight.
Junior shortstop Brian Capps gave the Red Raiders a 2-0 lead in the top of the first when he belted a two-run home run over the fence in right. Capps' two run homer scored Cody Fuller who reached on a hit-by-pitch by UTA starter Jeremiah Haar.
UTA got on the board in the bottom of the third on a sacrifice fly by shortstop Josh McSpadden. McSpadden's fly scored Cary Nelson from third as the relay from right field was just shy of a double play.
UTA right fielder Scott Williams was hit by reliever Adam Fry in the bottom of the sixth and quickly moved into scoring position with a stolen base. Fry retired the next two batters and got catcher Brett Lewis to hit a grounder to third in what seemed to be the end of the inning. Tech third baseman Joey Callender made a good throw to first but Trey Stewart couldn't hang on and that allowed Williams to score the unearned run to tie the game at 2-2.
Tech got runners on the corners on the corners with no outs in the top of the eighth and senior Carey Avants plated the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly to center field to put the Raiders ahead 3-2.
UTA scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth inning after Tech closer Tanner McElroy loaded the bases with a single and two walks. Tech drew an infield chopper from Aaron Batlle but catcher Cooper Fouts dropped a throw at the plate from David Steffey that would have prevented the Mavericks from tying the score. UTA got its first lead of the game in the bottom eighth on a sacrifice fly to right field by Kyle Thomason.
Texas Tech rebounded in the top of the ninth as the Red Raiders got the bases loaded with no outs and David Steffey tied the game for Tech with a sacrifice fly to center field. Cooper Fouts gave Tech the winning run on a bunt down the first base line that squeezed Chris Williams home from third to make the score 5-4.
Junior right-handed reliever Zach Butler (4-0) earned the win for Tech as he pitched the final 1 2/3 innings allowing no runs on just one hit. Russell Reichenbach (0-2) took the loss for UTA as he allowed two earned runs on a walk and a hit batter and never recorded an out in the ninth inning.