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Big 12 Tournament | Preview & Game Thread: Texas Tech vs. Baylor

Game Details

Good Guys: #5 Texas Tech Red Raiders (33-13, 14-10)
Bad Guys: Baylor Bears (31-18, 11-13)
When to Watch: Wednesday, May 26th
Where to Watch: Bricktown Ballpark | Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
How to Listen: 97.3 FM | Affiliates | TuneIn App
Series Notes: Preview | PDF
Live Stats: SideArm Stats
Weather: WeatherUnderground

Big 12 Tournament Game 2 | #3 Seed Texas Tech vs. #6 Seed Baylor | Wednesday, May 26th

First Pitch: 9:00 a.m.
Television: ESPNU | WatchESPN
Texas Tech Probable Starter: LHP Mason Montgomery (3-3, 4.36)
Baylor Probable Starter: LHP Cam Caley (2-1, 4.15)
Final Score: Texas Tech 11, Baylor 4
Winning Pitcher: Mason Montgomery (W, 4-3)
Losing Pitcher: Cam Caley (L, 2-2)
Key Hitters: Dru Baker 4-5, HR, 3 R, 3 RBI; Nate Rombah 3-4, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI; Dillon Carter 1-4, 2 RBI
Key Pitchers: Mason Montgomery 5.0 IP, 2 H, 11 SO; Eli Riechmann 1.0 IP; Brendan Girton 1.0 IP, 2 BB, 1 SO; Derek Bridges 1.0 IP, 1 SO
Links: Recap | Box Score

No. 5 Texas Tech jumped out to an early lead and got a terrific start from Mason Montgomery to secure an 11-4 victory over Baylor in the first round of the 2021 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship on Wednesday morning in Oklahoma City.

The No. 3-seeded Red Raiders (36-13; 14-10) have now won three of their last five openers at the championship and advance to the winner’s side of their bracket where they’ll take on the winner of No. 2 TCU and No. 7 K-State on Thursday at 4 p.m. The No. 6-seeded Bears (31-19; 11-13) will face the loser of the Frogs and Wildcats.

Montgomery (4-3) struck out 11 and allowed just two hits over five scoreless frames. The sophomore left-hander struck out the side in the first and the fourth before exiting the game with an 8-0 lead. It marked the most strikeouts ever by a Red Raider in a Big 12 Championship game as Tech pieced together the final four innings with five different arms out of the bullpen.

Dru Baker and Nate Rombach led the Red Raider attack offensively, combining to go 7-for-9 with six RBI and five runs scored. Baker set the tone from the start with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first that led to a 3-0 Red Raider lead after one. He added a single in the second and an RBI double in the third to start the day 3-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored in the first three innings alone. He finished 4-for-5 with three RBI, three runs, and two stolen bases.

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