LUBBOCK, Texas – The No. 3 Texas Tech baseball had its six-game winning streak come to an end in a tight 2-1 battle to Nebraska Friday in its opener at the 2019 Frisco Classic at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas.
The Red Raiders (6-2) carried a 1-0 lead into the seventh, but Nebraska strung together a double, a walk and a pair of RBI singles that flipped them in front 2-1.
The Huskers (4-5) move to 1-0 at the Frisco Classic along with Tech’s Saturday opponent, Mississippi State (9-1), while Tech and Sam Houston State sit at 0-1. The No. 9 Bulldogs beat the Bearkats 5-4 in the first game Friday.
Redshirt junior Erikson Lanning gave the Red Raiders his second-straight quality start, throwing 5.0 scoreless innings with only two hits surrendered and a career-high seven strikeouts. The lefty also went 5.0 innings in his start last Friday against Kentucky, yielding no earned runs and striking out four.
Junior Josh Jung led the Red Raiders at the plate, collecting two of the team’s season-low four hits. He finished 2-for-4 with a double and Tech’s lone run of the game. Junior Brian Klein went 1-for-2 with two walks and an RBI, while sophomore Gabe Holt added a hit in four at bats.
The Red Raiders opened the scoring in the top of the third with Jung driving a liner to center and hustling to turn it into a double. Klein drove him in one pitch later, getting a ground ball past the second baseman for his 10th RBI of the season to put Tech in front 1-0.
Nebraska turned the game around with RBI singles in the seventh from pinch hitter Mojo Hagge and first baseman Colby Gomes, who later came in to pitch and earned the save.
Tech struck out a season-high 13 times and failed to get its leadoff batter aboard until the ninth inning. Nebraska starter Matt Waldron accounted for seven of those strikeouts in 5.0 innings of work. The Red Raiders drew four walks against Husker relievers, but were unable to pick up any hits as reliever Chad Luensmann threw three of the final four innings to get the win.
Junior Taylor Floyd (1-1) received his first loss as a Red Raider, giving up both runs on four hits with four strikeouts and two walks.
The Red Raiders continue play at the Frisco Classic on Saturday with a top-10 showdown against No. 9 Mississippi State. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m. on FloLive.tv ($) and can be heard on the Texas Tech Sports Network. Tech then closes the event Sunday against Sam Houston State at 3 p.m.