WACO, Texas - Baylor held a 6-3 lead after six innings, but Texas Tech scored one run in each of the next three frames before plating four in the 10th to knock off the Bears 10-6 in 10 innings in Sunday's series finale at Baylor Ballpark.
The loss gave Baylor (13-7, 1-2 Big 12) its first losing weekend this season. The Bears had won six consecutive regular-season weekend sets dating back to the 2010 season. Texas Tech (14-7, 2-1 Big 12) came from behind to tie the game in the ninth for the second straight day.
Brooks Pinckard suffered the loss despite accomplishing the rare feat of striking out four batters in an inning in the 10th. Pinckard struck out each of the first three batters in the inning, but Kelby Tomlinson reached when he swung at strike three on a pitch that bounced to the backstop.
A passed ball advanced Tomlinson to second, and Pinckard issued an intentional walk to Stephen Hagen. Pinckard's third pitch to Hagen went over the head of catcher Joey Hainsfurther, allowing Tomlinson to move to third. Another walk loaded the bases, and Bo Altobelli took a 3-2 pitch for a bases-loaded walk to plate what would be the winning run.
Tech scored in the first inning for the third straight game, but like each of the first two games in the series, a Max Muncy hit evened the score. The Bears added on two more runs in the inning when Chris Slater scored on a wild pitch and Josh Ludy knocked a two-out RBI single.
The Red Raiders tied the game at 3-3 with two runs in the fourth, but the Bears escaped further damage when Logan Vick made a leaping catch at the wall on Barrett Barnes' sacrifice fly.
Baylor starting pitcher Trent Blank settled down and retired seven of the next eight batters before a leadoff double in the seventh. He scattered 10 hits and allowed four runs in 6.1 innings of work, and he left the game in line for the win, but didn't factor in the decision.
The Bears regained the lead when Vick knocked in Landis Ware with a two-out RBI single in the fifth, and Baylor added on two more in the sixth on Jake Miller's RBI single and Cal Towey's bases-loaded walk.
Texas Tech's bullpen held the Bears hitless the rest of the way, while the Red Raider offense cut the deficit to one with Hagen's RBI double in the seventh and Tomlinson's RBI single in the eighth. Andre Wheeler's RBI single in the ninth tied the game with one out, and though Pinckard got the next two batters to strand the potential go-ahead run at second, the Bears couldn't mount a rally of their own.
John Neely (4-0) earned the win by working a 1-2-3 ninth inning, while Pinckard (1-1) took the loss despite striking out a career-high six batters in 2.2 innings of relief.