The Texas Longhorns scored two runs in the first inning against Texas Tech on Saturday…and none the rest of the game, losing 4-2 to the Red Raiders.
Texas Tech 4, Texas 2 Red Raiders – 003 100 000 – 4r 7h 0e Longhorns – 200 000 000 – 2r 7h 0e Box Score
How Texas lost – Eight innings of nothing at the plate.
It certainly looked like a promising afternoon for the Longhorns when Texas catcher Cameron Rupp gave the Longhorns a 2-0 lead with a big two-RBI single in the bottom of the first inning, bringing home runners Brandon Belt and Travis Tucker.
Texas managed to scatter five additional hits throughout the game, but couldn’t bring a single runner home, eventually losing 4-2. Tech finished with four runs but would only need the three it gathered in the third inning on one swing of the bat from first baseman Chris Richburg. Texas starter Brandon Workman (3-2) only lasted four innings, giving up all four runs on six hits.
The Longhorns, who were ranked No. 1 in the country until getting swept at Kansas (Texas is now at No. 9 and could continue to drop), have fallen to 3-5 in conference play and 16-7 overall. Texas Tech is now at 4-4 in Big 12 play and 11-16 overall.
MVP on the mound – A.J. Ramos/Chad Bettis, RHP/RHP, Texas Tech
After giving up a two-RBI single to Rupp in the first inning, Ramos pitched five straight innings of shutout ball before handing it off to Bettis, who shut down the Horns for the remaining three, only surrendering a single hit to the ten Texas batters he faced.
MVP at the plate – Chris Richburg, 1B, Texas Tech
He only had one hit…but that one hit is all the Red Raiders would need. With Texas leading 2-0 in the third inning, Richburg stepped up to the plate with two outs and two of his teammates on base. Everybody got to go home when Richburg cracked Workman’s 1-0 pitch over the wall in right center, giving himself a three-run homer and the Red Raiders a lead they would not relinquish.
Texas and Texas Tech play the rubber match of their three-game series on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Longhorns then host Oral Roberts on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.