Red Raider shortstop Tim Proudfoot sent WVU starter Ross Vance's 152nd pitch up the middle into centerfield to bring in pinch runner Zach Davis from second base to end the game, and complete No. 23 TTU's comeback against the Mountaineers.
The game-winning hit came with two outs and runners on first and second after Vance walked a batter and allowed a hit earlier in the inning.
It was West Virginia's sixth consecutive loss since a 4-3 win against Virginia Tech on May 6 - the Mountaineers' second-longest losing streak of the season, after dropping seven in a row at the beginning of the Big 12 Conference season.
Much like it has been in most of its losses this season, West Virginia was not able to take advantage of the many opportunities it had to blow the game open multiple times throughout the contest. The Mountaineers finished the game with just five hits, but left 13 runners on base – including 10 runners in scoring position.
WVU had just one hit in 14 at bats with runners on base, and was 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position and hitless in nine at bats with two outs.
Even with these struggles, West Virginia was able to control the game throughout the majority of the nine innings as Texas Tech struggled to figure out the crafty Vance.
The Red Raiders were only able to scatter two hits against the sophomore from McKinney, Texas, in the first five innings Friday night.
His strong performance at the start allowed the Mountaineers to find a way on the scoreboard first, starting in the fifth inning. After struggling to drive in runs when they had the chance to early on, Ryan McBroom singled up the middle to drive in Bobby Boyd to get the scoring started and give WVU a 1-0 lead. It extended that lead to 2-0 an inning later when Michael Constantini scored on a wild pitch after Taylor Munden was walked with one out.
Texas Tech was finally able to get on the board and cut into the Mountaineer lead in the bottom of the sixth when Bryant Burleson hit a solo home run to left field to put the Red Raiders in position to try to make a comeback. And while Texas Tech still had trouble getting to Vance for the majority of the game, the long ball would come back to bite WVU once again the next inning when Adam Kirsch drove Vance's first offering of the inning out of the park to tie it up heading into the eighth inning, where it stayed at 2-2 until Proudfoot's game winner in the ninth.
Cameron Smith got the win for the second night in a row, throwing 3.2 hitless innings in relief to improve his record to 7-1 on the season. Vance got the loss after going 8.2. He allowed three runs on nine hits, while striking out six and walking three.
Bobby Boyd was the only Mountaineer to finish with two hits, going 2-for-5 with a run and two stolen bases.
The two teams will play the series finale Saturday at 3 p.m.