LUBBOCK, Texas — No. 8 Texas Baseball lost their first two Big 12 Conference games to No. 16 Texas Tech even though Texas had 11 and 21 hits respectively during the games. The losses were perplexing that revealed a situation that Texas corrected in game three to run-rule Texas Tech 12-1.
Ivan Melendez hitting a home run never gets old, ever. When Melendez steps up to the plate, fans know something great usually happens. Same scenario with Douglass Hodo III, Eric Kennedy, and Murphy Stehly. Melendez, on the season, has been to the plate 97 times with 39 hits, 34 runs, 38 RBI, 13 home runs, and 24 walks. Kennedy, the lead off batter, has been at the plate 98 times with 35 hits, 30 runs, 19 RBI, 4 home runs, and 16 walks.
Looking at the seven losses this season, the data revealed that in many of the games, there were too many runners left on base (LOB) by the bottom half of the lineup.
In the third game against Texas Tech, the bottom half of the Texas lineup had eight of the seventeen hits, six of the 12 runs, eight of the 12 RBI, and no runners left on base. Texas run-ruled Texas Tech 12-1. Skyler Messinger and Mitchell Daly hit back-to-back homers in the fifth inning followed by a three-run home run by Trey Faltine in the seventh.
The top half of the lineup also did what they always do; get on base. Murphy Stehly went 2-4, Douglass Hodo III went 3-5 ,and Silas Adoin 2-3. Texas is 1-2 in Big 12 conference play.
Texas hosts Texas A&M at UFCU Disch-Falk field with the game starting at 6:30 p.m. The game is sold out, but will air on the Longhorn Network.