ABILENE, Texas – No. 9 Texas Tech came out on top of a 4-hour, 42-minute marathon on Tuesday night, defeating Abilene Christian 16-12 at Crutcher Scott Field. The squads combined for 31 hits, producing a collective 28 runs, with a total of 81 at-bats between both squads. Seven pitchers saw action for Tech while 10 pitchers saw time for ACU.
The first two innings went scoreless between the two teams before ACU grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third. It could have been more as the run-scoring double fell short of plating two as Kurt Wilson fired a relay throw from center fielder Dillon Carter for the out at home plate (watch). ACU connected for three doubles in the fourth, producing two more runs and a 3-0 advantage.
Tech’s 8-9 hitters, Hudson White and Carter, gave the Red Raiders some life in the fifth. White drew a walk and Carter hit his third home run of the season (watch) to pull Tech within one run, 3-2. The next half-inning, ACU responded with a three-run home run four batters into the lineup to distance itself again, 6-2.
Down by four, the Red Raiders’ offense responded the next half inning, and in a big way, claiming its first lead of the game and some more with nine runs behind five hits using 13 plate appearances. Parker Kelly was one of four Red Raiders with two plate appearances in the sixth and doubled the first time around, the second time around was a three-run home run (watch) for Tech’s seventh, eighth and ninth runs of the frame to claim an 11-6 lead.
From that point forward, ACU outscored Tech 6-5 but the huge sixth inning prevailed to decide the game with no shortage of offense. Tech’s zero on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth was the last zero posted as each team scored at least one run through the remainder of the game.
The 4-hour, 42-minute game goes down as the longest nine-inning game, by time, in program history.
Kelly was a triple shy of the cycle as he went 4-for-5 from the plate along with three RBIs – a single-game career-high for hits for the senior. Carter was 3-for-5 with three RBIs, matching his career-high in both categories.
Andrew Devine picked up the win, having been on the mound in the bottom of the fifth before Tech scored nine runs the next half-inning. Mason Molina started the game, and pitched a Red Raider best 4.0 innings before six relievers – Devine, Colin Clark, Shay Hartis, Josh Sanders, Trendan Parish and Jamie Hitt – followed him. Hitt was the sole Red Raider not to surrender a run, earning the final punch out in the bottom of the ninth.
Release provided by Matt Burkholder Texas Tech University