LUBBOCK, Texas — No. 2 Texas Baseball salvaged the series with a 12-1 run-rule win over No. 16 Texas Tech on Sunday at Rip Griffin park.
The Longhorns (19-7, 1-2) tagged Red Raider pitching for 17 hits, including four doubles, one triple and three homers. Douglas Hodo III went 3-for-5 with one RBI and one run scored, while Skyler Messinger was 3-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored.
Lucas Gordon pitched six innings and allowed just one run on five hits. He struck out a career-high seven batters and picked up his second-consecutive win.
Already leading 5-0, the Longhorns put together a seven-run top of the seventh to blow the game open and complete the run-rule win. The hit parade started with a double by Hodo before Ivan Melendez and Murphy Stehly each hit a single to drive in the first run of the inning.
After a sacrifice bunt by Silas Ardoin, Trey Faltine launched a three-run homer to make the score 9-1. Texas Tech went to the bullpen and the Longhorns kept hitting. Mitchell Daly hit an RBI double, Eric Kennedy hit an RBI single and Douglas Hodo III capped off the scoring with an RBI triple.
Texas scored the first run of the game in the top of the second after Silas Ardoin started the inning with a double and scored on a Mitch Daly sacrifice fly.
Texas Tech tied the game up 1-1 with a sacrifice fly of their own in the bottom of the third inning.
Messinger and Daly hit back-to-back solo homers to start the fifth inning, giving Texas a 3-1 lead over the Red Raiders.
No. 2 Texas scored two more runs on four hits in the sixth to extend the lead out to 5-1. Stehly started the inning with a double and scored on an RBI single by Ardoin. Dylan Campbell tacked on another run with an RBI single to drive in Faltine.
The Longhorns will return to UFCU Disch-Falk Field to host Texas A&M on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.