ARLINGTON, Texas – No. 8 Texas Tech fell 6-5 to Kansas State in 11 innings on Friday night in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship at Globe Life Field. The loss marked the end of the Red Raiders’ conference tournament run and they will now wait for Monday’s NCAA selection show set for 11 a.m. CT.
Tech finishes the Big 12 Championship 1-2, winning its opening-round game against the same Wildcats team before dropping Thursday’s bout with Oklahoma and then Friday’s rematch as it exits under the double-elimination format. Under head coach Tim Tadlock, the Red Raiders have won multiple games in the Big 12 Championship once, in 2019 when the squad finished 3-2.
Despite the Big 12 Championship history, Tech reached the College World Series in 2014 after a 0-2 showing. Reached the pinnacle again in 2016 following a 1-2 Big 12 Championship and in 2018 exited the tournament after a 1-2 performance but still reached the CWS. The 2019 team that made it to Omaha was the only Red Raiders team under Tadlock to reach the Big 12 Championship semifinals.
On Friday, K-State rallied to score the final two runs of the game, tying the contest in the top of the ninth and while the go-ahead run was scored in the 11th. Tech held a 5-4 lead when it was seeking the final three outs in the top of the ninth with Austin Becker on the mound after he steered Tech out of trouble in the eighth inheriting two baserunners and one out. The Wildcats got the best of Becker in the ninth, tallying three singles and the game-tying run.
In the bottom of the 10th, the Red Raiders came close to walking away with a win. Dillon Carter worked a walk from the leadoff spot and Easton Murrell advanced him into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Cole Stilwell was the second out as he struck out and Jace Jung was intentionally walked before Ty Coleman hit a sharp ball to right field, but the defense made the third out.
In the next half-inning, KSU reached from the leadoff spot on a Murrell fielding error in left field, and the runner advanced to second base on the play. Back-to-back sacrifice bunts brought home the go-ahead run – the latter was a suicide squeeze. The Wildcats scored the last two runs of the game as well as the first three in the second inning. Tech trailed until the sixth inning.
Coleman was responsible for the Red Raiders’ first three RBIs, hitting a sacrifice fly in the fourth to score the first run of the game (watch). Tech surged for three runs in the sixth spearheaded by Coleman knocking in two runs with a double (watch) to tie the game, 3-3. Before the third out, a botched throw to first base allowed Coleman to move 90 feet and score (watch) and give Tech the lead. It was an errant pick-off attempt to first base, attempting to catch Owen Washburn who just hit a single and advanced Coleman to third base, that allowed Coleman to score while the inning ended on the same play as Washburn was tagged out attempting to reach second base. It was 4-3 Texas Tech after six innings were complete.
In the seventh, KSU tied the game 4-4, before Tech answered back after the stretch to reclaim the lead 5-4 and held it until the ninth.
The Red Raiders had seven hits, by seven different individuals. Coleman led the team with three RBIs. In the start, Brandon Birdsell worked six innings and was charged with four runs off of nine hits. Derek Bridges, Becker, Andrew Devine and Brandon Beckel worked together to finish the game. Beckel was charged with the loss as he worked the final inning, but the run was not earned.
Texas Tech Head Coach Tim Tadlock
On exiting the Big 12 tournament…
“I’m big believer things happen for a reason, there are things that happened in that game that I think we will benefit from moving forward. You’re trying to take care of each guy on your roster, so we will get home and regroup.”
Texas Tech will wait for Monday’s NCAA selection show set for 11 a.m. CT to see what comes next.
Release provided by MATT BURKHOLDER Texas Tech Athletics