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Arizona Baseball: Texas Tech knocks around Wildcats bullpen to split series

Arizona lost to the Texas Tech Red Raiders 5-2 on Wednesday thanks to some struggles from the Wildcats bullpen

Arizona Wildcats head coach Andy Lopez
Arizona Wildcats head coach Andy Lopez

Arizona freshman Tyger Talley started his first career game in college on Wednesday. He performed well, but the bullpen did not come through, giving up five runs in the 7th inning. Those five runs were all Texas Tech needed, beating the Wildcats 5-2.

Talley held the Red Raiders (8-6) hit-less through five innings, and scoreless through six. The seventh saw Texas Tech knock Talley out of the game with a lead-off single, which eventually came around to score. Nick Cunningham (L, 0-2) went on to give up 3 runs, and Stephen Manthei gave up the 5th and final run of the inning.

The Wildcats (11-4) outhit the Red Raiders on the day 11-7, but could only manage to get two runs across the plate; one in the third and one in the ninth. Brandon Dixon and Riley Moore were the only guys to drive in runs on Wednesday.

Tyger Talley will not be the only freshman pitcher to start a game for Arizona this week. Cody Moffett is slated to start Sunday, aided by his fantastic relief appearance last Sunday, and the struggles of Manthei and Cunningham today. Another bright spot on the pitching side today was Tyler Hale, who went 2 1/3 scoreless, giving up just one hit and one walk. The outing brought his season ERA down to 18.90 after being well over 100.

Upcoming schedule:

Friday, March 8th vs. Columbia 6PM

Saturday, March 9th vs. Columbia 6PM

Sunday, March 10th vs. Columbia Noon

Tuesday, March 12th vs. Butler 6PM

Wednesday, March 13th vs. Butler 1PM

All games at Hi Corbett Field