OKLAHOMA CITY – No. 4 West Virginia eliminated No. 1 Texas Tech from the 2017 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship with 12-7 comeback extra-inning victory on Friday afternoon.
The Red Raiders got runners on early in the third inning. Grant Little bounced a hit off the wall to score two as Texas Tech would take a 2-0 advantage.
West Virginia would add two runs of their own in the top of the fourth as Kyle Gray tripled to accumulate two RBIs.
In the fifth inning, the Red Raiders generated several runs on a two-out rally. Pinch hitter Anthony Lyons singled with the bases loaded that scored two.
West Virginia answered in a big way in the seventh. Jackson Cramer knocked Darius Hill in through a sacrifice fly to cut the Red Raiders lead to one.
Texas Tech responded by adding to their lead in the next half inning. Ryan Long delivered a two-run home run that made it 6-3.
The Mountaineers continued to chip their way back in the game after a solo home run blast from Isaiah Kearns in the eighth. In the ninth, West Virginia tied it up on a fielding error that resulted in two runs.
West Virginia took their first lead of the game in the 10th inning with a RBI single by Kyle Gray. The Mountaineers scored six runs on four hits. Three RBIs came off the bat of Jackson Cramer's double.
The Red Raiders fell short in the bottom of the 10th inning, scoring one run on three hits to finish the game.
Big 12 Championship Notes:
- Texas Tech is currently 18-34 all-time in the Big 12 Championship.
- West Virginia is currently 8-7 all-time in the Big 12 Championship.
- WVU leads 2-0 in all-time series of Big 12 Championship play.
- No. 1 seeds are currently 48-35 all-time in the Big 12 Championship.
- No. 4 seeds are currently 41-30 all-time in the Big 12 Championship.
- Texas Tech is eliminated with their second loss of the tournament. West Virginia advances and will matchup in an elimination game with Oklahoma State Saturday at 9 a.m. CT.
Texas Tech (43-15, 1-2 Big 12 Championship)
- Big 12 Co-Player of the Year Hunter Hargrove kept his 15-game hitting streak alive with a double in the seventh.
- Ryan Long hit a 2-run homerun over the right field wall, bringing his yearly total to four. Long finished the day 2-for-6 with a home run, double, two RBI and two runs scored.
- Grant Little went 3-for-6 with a 2-RBI double in the bottom of the fifth. Little's multi-hit game is his 22nd of 2017, tying freshman Josh Jung.
- The Red Raiders fall to 38-4 when leading after the 8th inning.
West Virginia (34-23, 2-1 Big 12 Championship)
- Alek Manoah went four innings, giving up four earned runs on four hits while walking five and striking out six.
- Kyle Gray continued his offensive success hitting a 2-out 2-run triple. Gray now leads Big 12 Championship play with two triples. That triple marked his sixth in 2017, tying Big 12 leader Cody Farhat (TTU). Gray hit the go-ahead RBI single in the top of the 10th accounting for his sixth RBI of Championship play.
- Pinch hitter Isaiah Kearns hit his second home run in 12 at-bats on the year.
- Jackson Cramer accounted for five RBI. Cramer now holds the WVU record for most RBI in a Big 12 Championship game. Cramer also becomes the 21st player in Big 12 Championship history to have five RBI (last Luken Baker, 2016).
STAT OF THE GAME:
21 - WVU's Jackson Cramer becomes the 21st player in the Big 12 Tournament to have five RBIs in one game.
With the win, West Virginia advances to face No.8 Oklahoma State in game 11 of the 2017 Big 12 Championship. First pitch for Saturday's contest is set for 9:00 a.m. CT. Should West Virginia win, the two teams will face off again at 4 p.m. CT for a spot in the Championship final. Texas Tech's loss eliminates them from the Big 12 Championship. The Red Raiders learn their postseason fate on Monday.