OKLAHOMA CITY – No. 7 Texas Tech dropped a 2-0 decision to No. 17 West Virginia in the semifinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship on Saturday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Mountaineer starter Ryan Bergert and reliever Zach Ottinger combined for a one-hit shutout to prevent the Red Raiders from advancing to the championship game in Oklahoma City.
After connecting on two home runs and piling up nine hits in a 10-3 win over the Mountaineers (37-19) earlier in the day, the one-hit effort marked a season-low for the Red Raiders (39-17), who hadn’t been held to two hits or less since Mar. 11 2017 against UTSA.
Freshman Hunter Dobbins made his second start of the season and turned in a career-high six innings of work. He spread around five hits, walked one and struck out five.
Senior Cameron Warren had the lone hit for the Red Raiders (39-17) in the fifth, breaking up a perfect game by Bergert. Sophomore Cody Masters absorbed a hit-by-pitch to give Tech its best scoring opportunity of the night. With two outs, another sensational grab by WVU center fielder Brandon White, who made two diving grabs on Thursday, robbed Easton Murrell of a game-tying extra base hit to preserve the shutout.
WVU got on the board in the third when back-to-back singles at the top of the lineup setup a sacrifice fly to right that made it 1-0. The Mountaineers added a run in the sixth as White followed his run-saving catch with a single and steal before coming home on a double play.
Redshirt freshman Clayton Beeter and junior Caleb Freeman pitched three scoreless innings of relief. Beeter struck out three in 2.0 innings while Freeman fanned two in the ninth.
Winners of the 2019 Big 12 Regular Season Championship, the top-seeded Red Raiders picked up three wins in the conference tournament for the first time since 1998. Tech defeated Kansas State on Wednesday and Kansas in an elimination game on Friday before its 10-3 win over the Mountaineers Saturday morning.
Warren led Tech at the plate for the week, going 8-for-19 with a home run, two RBI and five runs. Gabe Holt had a hot start to go 6-for-18 with a home run and a team-high five RBI along with four free passes, three runs scored and two stolen bases.
Josh Jung went 5-for-16 with two dingers, five free passes, four RBI and a team-high six runs. Kurt Wilson had four hits and four RBI while Brian Klein added three hits, a double, a triple, three RBI and three runs scored.
The Red Raiders will now prepare for NCAA Regional action. Host locations will be announced Sunday at 7:30 p.m. CT on NCAA.com, ESPN Bottomline and NCAA Social Media Platforms. The NCAA Baseball Championship Selection Show will air Monday at 11 a.m. on ESPNU.