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No. 3 Texas Tech rides big sixth inning to defeat Baseball Wildcats

The Bat Cats suffer their first loss of the 2019 season.

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This afternoon, Kentucky Baseball began a three-game road series against No. 3 Texas Tech.

Unfortunately for Kentucky it did not go as planned as they blew a three-run lead and fell to the Red Raiders by a final score of 7-4.

After Kentucky’s offense went down in order in the top of the first the defense went to work. In the bottom half of the inning Wildcat outfielder, Ryan Shinn laid out to make an outstanding diving catch to rob Texas Tech’s Josh Jung of extra bases.

With momentum after the big catch, Kentucky struck first blood as in the second inning as Marshall Gei hit a shot up the middle that was misplayed by the Red Raiders allowing Shinn and TJ Collet to score and give the Cats an early 2-0 lead.

After shutting down the Red Raiders for two innings, Zack Thompson gave up his first run of the season in the top of the third as Texas Tech’s Dru Baker hit an RBI lead to cut the Kentucky lead to 2-1.

It would not take long for Kentucky to get that run back, however. In the top of the fourth, Alex Rodriguez scored on a throwing error by the shortstop Baker providing the Cats with a 3-1 lead.

In the top of the sixth, Rodriguez helped Kentucky add onto their lead even further with an RBI double scoring Shinn and giving Kentucky a 4-1 lead.

In the bottom of the sixth, however, things began to spiral out of control for the Wildcats.

Down on the scoreboard, Texas Tech finally knocked Thompson out of the game in the bottom of the sixth after Doug Facendo hit an RBI single to cut Kentucky’s lead to 4-2. Now into the Kentucky bullpen, the Red Raiders kept their sixth inning ally alive.

Texas Tech began to knock around Cats reliever Carson Coleman as Dylan Neuse doubled off the third base bag scoring Brian Klein and making it a 4-3 game.

Clinging onto a one-run lead Coleman was unable to clamp down. He walked Tanner O’ Tremba to load the bases. Then, Cameron Warren made him pay.

Warren ripped a bases-clearing double down the left field line that put Kentucky in a 6-4 hole. The Red Raiders did not stop there, as Braxton Fulford ripped an RBI single to score Warren and make it a 7-4 ball game.

Coleman was finally able to get out of the inning by getting Gabe Holt to ground out, but the damage was done. The Red Raiders were able to score six runs all with two outs and go from down three to up three thanks to one big inning.

With all the momentum, the Red Raiders bullpen shut down the Wildcats in the final three frames to clinch a 7-4 win.

Coleman took the loss for Kentucky, while Connor Queen earned the win in relief for the Red Raiders

Game two of this thee game set will take place tomorrow at 3:00 pm EST and can be watched exclusively on Texas Tech TV.