No. 11 Texas Takes Two From No. 20 Tech

The No. 11 Texas baseball team (21-11, 6-3 Big 12) took a weekend series from No. 20 Texas Tech (20-11, 4-5) but failed to complete the sweep by dropping a 5-2 decision Sunday at the Disch. The Horns committed eight errors in two ballgames while last year&#146;s pitching ace <B>Justin Simmons </B>continues to search for his winning touch last seen at the College World Series. The junior, near flawless in boasting a 15-1 mark during the national championship season, saw his record drop to 2-4.

Spotty fielding continues to dog this year’s bunch as the Red Raiders took advantage of Longhorn miscues Sunday. Texas entered the series averaging two errors per contest. The defensive lapses offset what was an otherwise solid 5-2/3 innings of work from Simmons, who allowed just four hits, struck out three and walked none.

Texas took the series opener, 5-4, in dramatic fashion Friday. Omar Quintanilla belted a two-out, game-winning RBI-single in the bottom of the 12th inning to score Tim Moss to notch victory after rallying from a 4-2 deficit in the eighth.

Texas roughed up Red Raider pitching Saturday, swatting 15 hits en route to an 11-5 victory. The Horns were again guilty of four errors but rode their bats to UT's first series sweep of TTU since 1996. Outfielder Dustin Majewski went 3-for-3, including 4 RBI.

Three Texas errors combined with Scooter Jordan's RBI-single through the right side of the infield in the top of the third gave Tech the early lead Sunday, 1-0. Two innings later, the visitors added another run to make it 2-0 when Clint McGill laid down a bunt to score Josh Haney from third.

Tech tacked on two more runs in the sixth on a pair of base hits, including an RBI-base hit from Doug Beck, and a three-base fielding error. The Raiders led 4-0 while the Horns had been held to one hit through five innings.

Texas cut the deficit in the bottom of the sixth with Quintanilla’s lead-off double followed by Taylor Teagarden’s two-out, RBI-single and Scott Dodge’s RBI-double. But the Raiders answered with a run in the ninth on a bases-load, bunt base hit to complete the scoring at 5-2.

The Horns host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, before returning to conference play this weekend vs. Baylor. The Horns host the Bears on Friday evening and travel to Waco for single games on Saturday and Sunday. Texas, Baylor and Missouri are all tied for third in the Big 12 with 6-3 league marks, trailing 4-1 Okie State and 7-2 Nebraska. A&M is in sixth place at 5-4 while Tech dropped to seventh in conference with its 4-5 record.

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