Robinson Dazzles, but Tech drops Game Two to No. 19 OSU

STILLWATER, Okla. — Despite six strong innings and a career-high 11 strikeouts from Kyle Robinson, Texas Tech Baseball fell to No. 19 Oklahoma State by a score of 9-3 at O’Brate Stadium Saturday night.

Off to a strong start after a two-run home run from outfielder Austin Green, Texas Tech (30-22, 12-17 Big 12) turned to Robinson, who after allowing a two-out two-run double in the first settled into a rhythm.

The double was the only extra base hit the right-hander allowed as he went six-plus innings and allowed just three runs. He struck out 11 including all three batters in the first.

What started as an offensive display quickly morphed into a pitchers-dual, as Robinson and Oklahoma State’s (34-16, 17-9 Big 12) Brian Holliday each dazzled on Saturday.

After the Pokes struck out the side in the top of the second, Robinson answered his counterpart in the bottom using his fourth and fifth punchouts of the night to strand a pair.

In the third, Robinson again answered the bell, using his sixth and seventh strikeouts to close a 1-2-3 third.

Both pitchers worked around a single in the fourth to fire zeros, as the game went to the top of the fifth deadlocked at two.

After a lead off strikeout put the first out on the board, Tech used a 101 MPH double from TJ Pompey to put the go-ahead runner in scoring position with less than two outs.

The next Red Raider batter, Gavin Kash, ripped a 100 MPH single to right to place runners on the corners with one out.

Holiday rebounded to record the second out of the frame, bringing Bazzell to the dish with two outs and two on.

Bazzell turned on the second pitch he saw from Holiday and ripped a 99 MPH seed into the right-center gap that looked to be falling fast, but OSUs Carson Benge ran it down two steps from the wall to end the inning.

Robinson fired another strong 1-2-3 inning in the last of the fifth, bringing the Red Raiders up to the plate in the sixth in a 2-2 game.

Tech got a leadoff single from Green, but Holiday used a pair of flyouts and a strike out to strand him at first.

Robinson again threw well in the sixth, using his 10th and 11th punchouts of the game, to keep the game 2-2.

In the top of the seventh, Tech chased Holiday from the game with a one-out walk from Pompey, but a 95 MPH 4-6-3 ended the inning.

Robinson returned for the seventh, and facing Tyler Wulfert, found himself in a battle. After getting ahead 1-2, Robinson saw the Pokes third baseman work the count even on the seventh pitch of the at-bat.

Digging in, Wulfert proceeded to foul off the next seven pitches he saw from Robinson. On the 15th pitch of the AB and the 119th of the evening from Robinson, Wulfert ripped a single through the right side.

The single proved to be the final pitch that Robinson would throw as the righty departed in favor of Josh Sanders.

Sanders got the first out of the inning on a popped-up bunt, but a soft 68 MPH single put runners on first and second with one out for Benge.

Again working the count full, Benge lifted the seventh pitch he saw from Sanders over the LF wall for a three-run blast that gave OSU a 5-2 lead.

A second OSU home run extended their lead to 6-2 after seven.

Leading off the eighth, Tech used a lead-off bomb from Lopez to pull to within 6-3, before OSU used three more eighth inning runs to close out the 9-3 victory.

UP NEXT:
The Red Raiders close out their weekend series with OSU and Big 12 Play on Sunday afternoon. First pitch has been moved up to 1 p.m. from the original 2 p.m. start.

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