No. 16 Texas Tech takes Texas into extras fro 16-12 win

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By Kevin Rodriguez

LUBBOCK, Texas — No. 2 Texas Baseball lost it’s second-consecutive extra-inning game, 16-12, in the 10th to No. 16 Texas Tech on Saturday at Rip Griffin Park.

Texas Tech hit a walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th to clinch the series win.

Ivan Melendez and Murphy Stehly were a combined 10-for-10 with four homers, two doubles, seven RBI and seven runs scored in the game. Melendez was 5-for-5 with two homers and three RBI, while Stehly was 5-for-5 with two homers, two doubles and four RBI.

Melendez has now reached base safely in 12-consecutive plate appearances and matched his home run total last season of 13.

The Longhorns scored 12 runs on 21 hits, including seven doubles and four home runs. Eric Kennedy went 4-for-7, while Skyler Messinger went 2-for-5 with two RBI doubles.

Melendez launched the Longhorns into a 2-0 lead with his 12th homer of the season in the top of the first inning. Kennedy started the game with an infield single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt.

Texas Tech answered in a big way in the bottom of the first, scoring seven runs on six hits and chasing Tristan Stevens out of the game. Marcus Olivarez came out of the bullpen and got the Longhorns out of the inning. Olivarez pitched two innings of relief and allowed just one hit, while striking out one batter.

Melendez and Stehly hit back-to-back homers in the top of the fifth inning to trim the Texas Tech lead to 7-4.

Zane Morehouse logged a career-best four shutout innings of relief, not allowing a hit and striking out three batters.

The Longhorns tied the game up 7-7 with three runs on three hits in the seventh inning. Melendez singled and Stehly walked to start the inning before Silas Ardoin drove them both in with a two-run double to left-center. Messinger drove in the game-tying run with a double of his own to drive in Ardoin.

Stehly blasted a go-ahead three-run homer in the top of the eighth inning, his second homer of the game and his second multi-homer game of the season. Messinger added another run to the lead with an RBI double to make the score 11-7.

No. 16 Texas Tech tied the game back up 11-11 with four runs on three hits and two walks in the eighth inning.

Texas took a 12-11 lead in the top of the 10th on an RBI double by Douglas Hodo III but Texas Tech scored five in the bottom half to win it.