Masek leads Texas Tech past Texas
Freshman limits Longhorns to two hits in 6.1 innings
AUSTIN, Texas – Freshman Trey Masek gave Texas Tech its first victory against a top-five ranked opponent on the road in 10 years while dominating No. 4 Texas in a 2-1 victory in front of 7,201 fans at UFCU Disch-Falk Field Saturday afternoon.
Masek also became the first Texas Tech freshman to beat Texas in Austin in over 17 years while he held a no-hitter through four and finished throwing 6.1 innings, allowing two hits with two strikeouts and allowing three walks.
Texas Tech (23-14, 6-8 BIG 12) evens the three-game series and hands Texas (26-9, 10-4 BIG 12) its fifth home loss in 26 games this season.
Texas’ Cole Green (2-3) suffered the loss pitching five innings and scattering seven hits while allowing two runs and two walks with five strikeouts.
Texas Tech reliever John Neely picked up his fifth save of the season in 2.2 innings where he allowed one run on one hit with four walks.
Masek, who was making a return close to his hometown of Giddings, retired 12 of the first 13 Longhorns he faced as he held a 2-0 lead and a no-hitter entering the fifth inning.
Texas led off the fifth with two consecutive base hits – the only hits Masek would allow – before stranding runners at second base in both the fifth and sixth innings.
Texas Tech gave Masek the only two runs he would need in the second inning with back-to-back RBI singles by David Paiz and Reid Redman.
Paiz singled to left field to score Stephen Hagen, who led off the second with a single up the middle. Redman laid down a perfectly executed safety squeeze bunt to score Kelby Tomlinson, who also singled to reach base in the inning.
Neely came on in the seventh inning in relief of Masek with a runner at second base and one out. Neely got designated hitter Jonathan Walsh to line out to center field for the second out, and then grounded Jordan Etier into a fielder’s choice to third base following a hit-by-pitch that gave the Longhorns runners at first and second base.
Neely then pitched a scoreless eighth inning with minimal trouble, allowing only one base runner.
In the ninth inning, Texas led off with a single to left field. Tech recorded the first out of the ninth on Mark Payton’s fly out to Nick Popescu in left field. Neely then loaded the bases with back-to-back walks with only one out.
Etier grounded out to Tomlinson at short, which advanced everyone one base and scored Texas’ first run of the game. Neely then loaded the bases again with a full-count walk to Tim Maitland, which placed the go-ahead run in scoring position with two outs.
Neely ended the game getting Brandon Loy to ground out to Tomlinson.
Tomlinson led Tech going 2-for-4 and Redman also finished with a multi-hit game going 2-for-3. Second baseman Jamodrick McGruder went 0-for-4 in the game while seeing his streak of 39 consecutive games reaching base safely come to an end.
The rubber game of the three-game series between Texas Tech and Texas is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.