ARLINGTON, Texas — The No. 14 Texas Tech baseball team fell 2-1 to Auburn on Saturday afternoon at Globe Life Field in the first all-time pairing between the two programs.
Both teams managed just three hits apiece in the game. Owen Washburn, Ty Coleman and Kurt Wilson provided the Red Raiders offense. Wilson also delivered Tech’s one RBI with a sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth (watch). It was his fourth RBI of the young season.
Brandon Birdsell suffered the loss in 4.0 innings of work, despite allowing one hit in the start. The Tigers capitalized on four walks, which started in the second inning after he retired the first five batters in the game. With two outs in the bottom of the second, Auburn’s Bryson Ware drew a walk, stole second, and Cole Foster followed with an RBI single to open the scoring in Saturday’s game.
The top of the third provided some theater as Hudson White was called out at home, and was confirmed after review. Two of the Red Raiders’ three hits were delivered on back-to-back at-bats by Owen Washburn and Ty Coleman in the frame. White reached base on a lead-off walk, the next two batters fell victim to strikeouts before the two singles from the duo. With Hudson on second and Washburn on first, Coleman’s single to left field had Hudson inches from tying the game (watch).
Auburn tacked on one more in the fourth to grow its lead to 2-0, scoring one of two base runners that reached thanks to base on balls. Trendan Parish took over the following inning for Tech and completed the game. He held Auburn scoreless in 4.0 innings of work.
Texas Tech closes the State Farm College Showdown on Sunday with a 2:30 p.m. first pitch against No. 15 Arizona.