Texas baseball tops Texas Tech to win Big 12 opening-series

Another big offensive day for No. 24 Texas baseball resulted in the series-clinching win to open up Big 12 play this weekend against No. 17 Texas Tech in Lubbock.
Peyton Powell, Texas baseball
Peyton Powell, Texas baseball / Mikala Compton/American-Statesman / USA

In the first weekend series in Big 12 play, No. 24 Texas baseball (8-6, 2-1 Big 12) and head coach David Pierce rattled off a 9-7 comeback victory on the road on March 10 in Lubbock over the No. 17 Texas Tech Red Raiders (11-4, 1-2 Big 12). The two-run win over Texas Tech on March 10 clinched the series win for Texas with two victories this weekend.

Peyton Powell's three RBIs lead No. 24 Texas baseball to series-clinching win vs. Texas Tech

Despite falling behind early, with three runs allowed in Texas Tech's first plate appearance in the bottom of the first inning, Texas bounced back with a major boost of run support in the middle and late innings.

Texas Tech had a three-run lead entering the top of the second before a two-run double from Max Belyeu got Texas back in the game.

Texas and Texas Tech went back and forth in the middle innings before a scored six straight runs between the fifth and seventh. Peyton Powell and Jack O'Dowd led the way for the awakening of the Texas bats in the middle innings.

In the top of the fifth inning, Powell sparked the Texas offense with a solo shot that was his fifth of the season. Powell's home run was the first of the six consecutive runs the Longhorns scored, which made the difference in them winning this game and the entire series against Texas Tech.

Powell gave Texas its first lead of the game in the top of the sixth with a one-run double. A pair of sacrifice flies from Powell and O'Dowd in the top of the seventh wound up plating the eventual game-winning runs for the Longhorns.

Texas's offense comes alive in its two wins to get the series clinched vs. Texas Tech

Texas's bats came to the rescue again for the Longhorns on Sunday afternoon in Lubbock. The pitching staff needed the run support from the bats after starter Charlie Hurley was dinged for three earned runs and four hits in just one inning of work on the mound.

Tanner Witt didn't fair much better than Hurley, allowing three earned runs in two innings on the mound in relief of Texas's starter.

The rest of the bullpen came up clutch, though, allowing just one earned run over six innings, along with just a couple of hits. Easton Tumis claimed his second win of the season for the Longhorns and Gage Boehm registered his second save.

Middle-to-late inning offense was the difference-maker for the Longhorns in this important Big 12 opener series win this weekend over Texas Tech. Texas combined for a whopping 31 runs scored in its two wins over Texas Tech in Lubbock this weekend, including a season-high 22 in the 14-run win in the series opener on March 8.

Next up for Powell and the Longhorns is a midweek matchup at the Disch on March 12 against Incarnate Word, before hosting the Pac-12's Washington Huskies for a three-game series in Austin next weekend.

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