Texas Tech baseball coach Tim Tadlock admitted feeling a little strange after his team's 8-2 Big 12 Tournament win Saturday over Baylor.
“It's really unusual to win your last game and have your season end,” Tadlock said. “It's an odd feeling for all of us. We aspired to win this tournament. This year wasn't our year, but we will be ready to go next year.”
Both the Red Raiders and the Bears needed to win this week's tournament at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark to qualify for an NCAA regional. But after each team lost their first two games in pool play, a spot in Sunday's title game — and, consequently, any shot at continuing its season — became impossible.
The Bears opened the scoring Saturday with Steve DalPorto's RBI fielder's choice in the second inning, but Baylor left the bases loaded. Tech tied the game in the third, when Devon Conley tripled, then scored on an error.
Baylor retook the lead in the fifth inning, but Texas Tech pulled away with seven runs over the final four innings.
Freshman Matt Winthrow (5-3) picked up the win on the mound for Texas Tech (26-30), allowing two runs on two hits with four strikeouts. He walked three Baylor batters in the first two innings, but settled down as the game progressed.
“I was trying to be too perfect early throwing strikes,” Winthrow said. “Obviously it showed by not throwing strikes. I told myself I was going to go out there and start throwing strikes, and that really helped out a lot.”
Baylor lost eight of its last 10 games this season — including all three Big 12 Tournament outings — and with a 27-28 season record, finished below .500 for the first time since 2004.