Even bees couldn’t stop Texas from notching a series sweep over the Red Raiders.
The game was delayed in the bottom of the seventh when a swarm of bees sent Texas Tech center fielder Taylor Ashby running. The seventh was also where everything changed for Texas in the game. The Longhorns trailed entering the inning, but clutch hitting from the top of the order and three innings of perfect baseball from pitcher Randy Boone gave Texas the win.
“Randy Boone dominated the game,” said Texas head coach Augie Garrido of his closer. “He took possession of that mound when he went out there.”
Texas moved to 31-10 on the year and 12-3 in Big 12 play, the top mark in the conference. Texas Tech fell to 22-16 and 5-9 in the league.
Joseph Krebs got the start for Texas, but Boone (2-5) got the win in one the best outings for a Texas pitcher this season. Boone came on in the top of the seventh for the Longhorns and didn’t give in an inch, throwing three innings of perfect baseball (zero hits, zero walks, one strikeout). After the game, Boone was more focused on the Texas win than himself
“I felt good. Anytime you can get the sweep, it’s huge,” said Boone. “We probably played to most consistent we have throughout three games.”
Krebs wasn’t perfect, but has likely cemented himself as Texas’ Sunday starter. The senior left-hander pitched six innings and only gave up one earned run on five hits, while striking out six.
“Joseph kicked it into another gear out there,” said Garrido.
The Longhorns struck first in the bottom of the third on an RBI double from left fielder Jordan Danks, but the Red Raiders put up a run in the fourth and the fifth innings to take a 2-1 lead that they would hold until the Texas half of the seventh.
Texas tied the game up on an RBI double from Danks, bringing home Travis Tucker, who had made his way over to third on a pair of steals. Right fielder Kyle Russell followed Danks in the lineup and fired a double into the gap in left center. Danks came around to score and Texas took the lead.
The Longhorns extended their advantage out to two runs when Chance Wheeless hit a long fly to right field, bringing home Russell on the SAC fly. By going for the fly ball, Wheeless’ hitting streaked ended at 17 games, 8th longest in school history.
That’s when the bees showed up.
Texas Tech fielders went scattering and the game was delayed long enough for most of the bees to move on. Russell told Inside Texas that he still had to deal with a few stragglers when the game resumed.
“I went out there and they (the bees) were going every-which direction and I thought, ‘Holy crap, I’ve never seen this before.’”
Despite the buzzing insects, Russell said it didn’t distract him from the game, which was especially evidenced by his highlight reel running grab in the eighth.
“I actually didn’t pay any attention to the bees, I just tried to stay focused on the game,” said Russell. “Bees are bees. I guess it was pretty bad for the guy in center field (Ashby) for them to stop the game.”
Texas returns to action on Tuesday against the Rice Owls for a 7:00 p.m. ballgame in Houston before traveling to Lincoln, Neb. for a three game weekend set against the Cornhuskers.