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Austin Green Comes Up Big As #21 Texas Tech Beats Nebraska

By Jackson Wall

What a game. I know I said in my weekend preview that this game would be way less exciting than the Tennessee game. Oh boy, I was wrong.

The first inning was quiet and efficient so to say, and then the game broke open. The scoring started when TJ Pompey laced a groundball down the third base line, sending the ball into the dugout scoring one and putting runners on second and third. Will burns then hits a sac fly to plate one more.

Nebraska then responds by loading the bases with walks, and a groundout to SS scores one run for the Cornhuskers.

In the top of the third, it starts with Drew Woodcox legging out a groundball to the SS Dylan Carey, and a single to right center by Kevin Bazzell. With Woodcox now at third, Cade McGee sends a sac fly to center to plate another run.

After some struggles controlling the fastball in the previous innings, a leadoff walk ends Zane Petty's day. In comes Mac Heuer. After a single, and HBP bases are now loaded. Cade McGee makes a great play to turn a 5-3 double play. Despite the double play, Nebraska still scores a run. A 92 MPH elevated fastball for a K ends the inning for Heuer. Coach Tadlock raved about Mac after the game calling him a "really compettitive kid" with "a really good fastball".

After no scoring in the 4th, Nebraska picks up another run on an RBI single off the bat of Dylan Carey. Carey gets caught stealing to end the inning though.

It remains a tie game until the top of the 9th inning. With 1 out, Damian Bravo walks, and TJ Pompey drops down a bunt single. Will Burns then strikes out to give the cornhuskers 2 outs. Tracer Lopez sneaks a ball up the middle to plate the go ahead run for Tech. Austin Green then singles to RF scoring one more, and Gavin Kash gets walked with the bases loaded to add more insurance. True freshman Parker Hutyra then comes in the 9th and slams the door for Texas Tech sending the game to a 6-3 final score.

After the game, Austin Green was asked about not getting the start this afternoon and still having a big impact off the bench. He knew "there was a scenario where his number would get called" and in the meantime was just wanting to be the "good team player". He sure provided a great impact, going 2-2 with a double and 1 RBI.

#21 Texas Tech takes on unranked Oregon on February 18 at 2:30 pm CT.

(All Images courtesy of @TTU_Baseball on X and Texas Tech Athletic Department)


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