Kentucky fell three runs short of sweeping #3 Texas Tech this weekend. The Red Raiders got all of their runs on a pair of home runs by John McMillon and Gabe Holt to avoid a sweep and take down #6 UK 5-3. Despite the Sunday loss, UK still won the series after taking the first two games of the series on Friday and Saturday.
Baseball can be a cruel game. UK starter Justin Lewis found that out firsthand on Sunday. Lewis struck out ten and allowed six hits in five innings, but two crucial swings doomed the Cats against the Red Raiders. In the second inning, Tech put two on for McMillon against Lewis. McMillon took the first pitch he saw from Lewis and put it over the wall in right to give TTU a 3-0 lead.
The home run gave Texas Tech the lead after two innings for the third straight game. Much like the first two games, UK answered back immediately. The Cats’ senior leader Troy Squires lined a double down the right-field line to score a pair of runs and keep UK within striking distance.
The only difference today from the last two games was that the Red Raiders were able to add insurance runs and fight off the powerful offense for UK. Texas Tech added two more runs in the fourth inning when Holt hit a two-run home run against Lewis to extend the Red Raiders’ lead back to three.
After scoring 21 combined runs in games one and two, UK struggled to score against Texas Tech’s bullpen. The Raiders’ bullpen allowed one run in 6.2 innings as they quieted the best offense in the SEC in a 5-3 win on Sunday.
All was not lost for the Cats. UK picked up a series win over the #3 team in the country and looked good while doing it. UK outscored Texas Tech 24-18 over the three-game series. Even with today’s loss, expect UK to be ranked in the top five on Monday.