March 8, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech’s five-run rally in the sixth inning pushed the Red Raiders past UT Arlington 8-3 Friday night at Rip Griffin Park.
The Raiders, who had been scoreless through the first five innings, overcame a three-run deficit to extend their streak to 16 consecutive wins over the Mavericks (8-5) dating back to 1982. Also in the loss, UTA moved to 0-14 all-time against Texas Tech (9-6) when playing in Lubbock.
"We played well for half the game and then kind of imploded there," UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. "We gave up eight in the last three innings and you aren't going to win doing that. It's a big punch in the gut tonight because we were rolling pretty well. You have to have a short memory and come back tomorrow."
A pitcher’s duel was the theme throughout the first four innings. Brad Vachon allowed just one hit the first five innings with two walks and five strikeouts.
"He did really well," Thomas said. "It was a little bit of a short rest for him. He wanted to go back out but it's still early in the year. When he has that slider going he's pretty good and he had that."
UTA’s offense came alive in the fifth. Copeland opened up the inning with a single back to the pitcher. Miller would walk two batters later. McCall came to the plate following a Brandon Lawrence strikeout with runners on the corners.
McCall took a 1-0 fastball to short center field that snuck under the glove of the diving Red Raider scoring Copeland and Miller on the triple. Travis Sibley singled in the next at-bat to give UTA a 3-0 lead.
Following Vachon’s departure after the fifth, the Red Raiders made their run. Brett Bell singled to open the inning and scored on a fielder’s choice to the shortstop. Chad Nack walked the next two batters and a single to left scored two to tie the game at 3-3.
Texas Tech took the lead on its next plate appearance. Jake Barrios hit a short fly ball to center that Jake Pinchback came up short on the diving attempt to score two.
The Mavericks threatened in the seventh by loading the bases with no outs in the inning. However, Texas Tech retired three straight batters to end the inning.
The Red Raiders added another two runs in the eighth inning.
The teams square off in Game 2 of the series on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.