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Texas Tech Baseball Uses Extra Innings to Beat Houston and Sweep Series

The Texas Tech bullpen coughed up a 9-1 lead over the eighth and ninth innings before the Red Raiders prevailed 10-9 in 12 innings against the Houston Cougars.

Texas Tech jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning after a Stephen Hagen sacrifice fly and a Nick Hanslik RBI single. They added another run in the third, three in the fourth and three in the seventh. Then the wheels came for the Red Raiders.

Down 9-1 in the top of the eighth, the Cougars immediately became the beneficiaries of some Red Raider miscues.  An error allowed the leadoff man Michael Pyeatt to reach base and advance to second. Two subsequent walks then loaded the bases, with just one out. Jonathan Davis then hit a single to left driving in two runs.  John Cannon added another single to center, driving in another run. The final bout of Cougar offense in the inning came with a 3-run pinch-hit home by Casey Grayson.

In the top of the ninth, the Cougars completed the comeback with a 2-run triple from Codey Morehouse.

From there it was on to extra innings.  With the score tied at 9 in the bottom of the 12th, Nick Hanslik led off with a single.  He was then sacrificed over to second on a Jordan Lopez bunt.  Jamodrick McGruder was intentionally walked. Hanslik then advanced to third on a Tim Proudfoot fly out to center. Barrett Barnes came up next and and singled to drive in the winning run.

Tech’s sweep of Houston is the Red Raiders first three-game series sweep since sweeping Kansas in Lubbock last season. Tech is also on a 4-game winning streak.

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