No. 12 Texas was on the wrong end of the gutsiest play in baseball but was still able to defeat Texas Tech 5-2 in 12 innings Sunday afternoon.
The win snapped a 12 series losing streak in the Big 12 that dates back to April of 2012.
Tech tied the game in the bottom of the ninth inning when pinch runner Zach Davis stole home. Longhorns closer John Curtis was one strike away from picking up a six-out save but did not appear to see Davis leave third as he worked out of the wind up. Davis dove in head first ahead of the pitch and under Tres Barerra’s tag.
The game stayed tied until the top of the 12th inning. Collin Shaw led off with a walk and scored on a two out single by Madison. Carter’s line drive slipped under the glove of Tech right fielder Adam Kirsh’s glove and rolled to the wall. The error allowed a second run to score and Carter to advance to third base. He scored on a Brooks Marlow single that made it 5-2.
Curtis stayed in to work the bottom of the twelfth – his fifth inning – and picked up his first win of the season.
Ben Johnson’s solo home run in the top of the third inning gave Texas a 2-0 lead. It was the second home run of the week for Johnson and the third of the season.
Texas plays at no. 10 Rice Tuesday then returns home for a three game weekend series against Baylor.