Baseball Falls to No. 10 Texas Tech in Shriners Classic
Communications Sr. Associate
HOUSTON – Centerfielder Tanner Gardner’s infield single Sunday scoring the winning run for Texas Tech in the bottom of the ninth inning, as the 10th-ranked Red Raiders edged No. 2 LSU, 5-4, at Minute Maid Park.
Texas Tech improved to 11-2 with the victory, while the Tigers dropped to 9-3 on the year.
LSU will play host to San Diego at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. The game will air on LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates, and the radio broadcast and live stats will be available at www.LSUsports.net.
Tuesday’s LSU-San Diego game may be viewed online on SEC Network +, accessible at WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app.
“It was tough loss, but I’m proud of the guys;I thought they played well in a lot of ways,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “We didn’t quite play well enough to pull it off against a good team. I’m not discouraged at all; our guys competed very hard and we were right there with a chance to win.”
LSU reliever Hunter Newman (0-1) was charged with the loss, as he allowed one run on three hits in 2.1 innings with two walks and four strikeouts. Texas Tech reliever John McMillon (1-0) earned the win after recording the final LSU out in the top of the ninth inning.
LSU starting pitcher Eric Walker enjoyed an excellent outing, limiting Texas Tech to just one run on six hits in six innings with no walks and a career-best seven strikeouts.
Texas Tech tied the game in the bottom of the second when leftfielder Ryan Long launched a two-out, solo home run against Walker.
The Tigers grabbed a 3-1 lead in the seventh when centerfielder Antoine Duplantis delivered a clutch, two-out two-run single to center.
Texas Tech, however, rebounded to score three runs in the bottom of the frame against reliever Todd Peterson. RBI singles by designated hitter Brian Klein and by third baseman Josh Jung highlighted the rally for the Red Raiders as they took a 4-3 lead.
LSU rallied to tie the game in the top of the ninth. Pinch hitter Rankin Woley led off with a single and was replaced by pinch runner Beau Jordan. Second baseman Cole Freeman grounded out to third, moving Jordan to second base.
Jordan advanced to third on a groundout to first by Duplantis, and he scored when Texas Tech catcher Clay Koelzer was charged with a passed ball.
The Red Raiders staged their ninth-inning rally against Newman, who hit leftfielder Cody Farhat with a pitch to start the frame. Pinch hitter Anthony Lyons bunted Farhat to second base, and after second baseman Michael Davis was intentionally walked, Jung grounded out to third, moving Farhat to third base.
First baseman Hunter Hargrove was intentionally walked to load the bases before Farhat scored the winning run when Gardner’s grounder - that was headed toward shortstop for an apparent out – glanced off of Newman’s foot and out of reach for a Tiger defender to make a play.
“Overall, there were a lot of positives this weekend,” Mainieri said. “When you play this caliber of competition, somebody’s going to win and somebody’s going to lose the game. I don’t think we played poorly this weekend, we just came up a little bit short today.”
The 2017 All-Tournament Team:
C Evan Skoug, TCU .429 (6-for-14), 1 RBI, 3 R, 3 BB
1B * Luken Baker, TCU .455 (5-for-11), 3 RBI, 6 R, 1 HR, 1 3B, 1 2B, 4 BB
2B Braden Shewmake, Texas A&M .313 (5-for-16), 3 RBI, 4 R, 1 HR, 1 3B, 1 2B
3B Colby Bortles, Ole Miss .300 (3-for-10), 2 RBI, 1 R, 1 HR
SS Tucker Cascadden, Baylor .375 (3-for-8), 5 RBI, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 2B, 1 BB
OF Nolan Brown, TCU .308 (4-for-13), 1 RBI, 4 R, 1 3B, 3 BB
OF Greg Deichmann, LSU .385 (5-for-13), 3 RBI, 3 R, 1 HR, BB
OF Tanner Gardner, Texas Tech .385 (5-for-13), 5 RBI, 2 2B
DH Logan Foster, Texas A&M .412 (7-for-17), 2 RBI, 6 R, 1 HR, 1 3B, 3 2B
P Brigham Hill, Texas A&M 1-0, 0.00 ERA (0 ER/ 7IP), 3 H, 2 BB, 8 K
P Nick Lewis, Baylor 1-0, 0.00 ERA (0 ER/ 7IP), 2 H, 4 BB, 9 K
P Jared Poche', LSU 1-0, 0.00 ERA (0 ER /7 IP), 3 H, 0 BB, 5 K
P Sean Wymer, TCU 0-0, 0.00 ERA (0 ER/5 IP), 0 H, 0 BB, 9 K
* Most Outstanding Player