By: Scott Lacefield - Associate Director/Athletics Communications
HOUSTON, Texas – No. 26 Texas Tech dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season with a 10-6 loss Saturday afternoon against Sam Houston State in day two of the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park.
The Red Raiders (8-3) allowed a season-high 15 hits to the Bearkats (10-1) and finished the game leaving 12 runners on base while all nine starting Red Raiders reached base safely in the contest.
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Matt Withrow (1-1) took his first loss of the season allowing six runs, five hits, two walks and two hit-by-pitch with two strikeouts in 2.2 innings pitched.
Sam Houston State relief pitcher Sam Odom (2-0) earned his second win this season pitching 4.1 innings out of the bullpen allowing just one run on three hits with three strikeouts and a walk.
Texas Tech senior third baseman Jake Barrios went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, freshman shortstop Ryan Long went 2-for-3 with a double, two walks and an RBI and senior right fielder Adam Kirsch extended his hit streak to 10 games going 1-for-5 with an RBI single in the first inning.
The Bearkats took a 6-2 lead in the second, sparked by their second home run of the game – a two-run shot over the right field wall by right fielder Hayden Simerly. Sam Houston State first baseman Ryan O’Hearn went 2-for-4 in the game with four RBI hitting a solo homer in the first and a two-run home run in the sixth.
O’Hearn is the first Red Raider opponent to homer twice in a game since 2012 (at Texas A&M – 1B Jacob House).
Tech junior second baseman Bryant Burleson cut the Bearkats lead to three runs, 6-3, with his 100th career base hit, an RBI single to center field driving in catcher Hunter Redman who singled up the middle to leadoff the second inning.
The closest Tech came was in the fourth inning, making the score 6-4, with a run-scoring infield hit from Long to score sophomore first baseman Eric Gutierrez who doubled to left field to leadoff the fifth.
Gutierrez went 1-for-2 in the game with two runs scored and three walks. Gutierrez has now reached base safely in eight of his last 12 plate appearances.
Sam Houston State then scored two in the sixth –O’Hearn’s second homer – and two more runs in the seventh on designated hitter Ryan Farney’s two-run single.
Tech used three relievers in the game, including sophomore right-handed pitcher Johnathon Tripp who pitched two scoreless frames in the eighth and ninth allowing two hits with two strikeouts.
Texas Tech will look to leave Houston with a win on Sunday, Mar. 2, against No. 10 Rice with a 1:35 p.m. first pitch at Minute Maid Park. The game will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Houston with Bill Doleman (play-by-play) and Brett Dolan (analyst) calling the action.