No. 2 Texas Tech had its 12-game winning streak come to an end, falling 6-3 to No. 10 Mississippi State Tuesday in the first of a two-game midweek series at MGM Park in Biloxi, Miss.
The Red Raiders (16-2), which entered with the nation's top offensive numbers, managed a season-low three hits in the game and were held without an extra base hit for the first time this season.
A strong start from sophomore Mason Montgomery (0-1) suddenly turned around in the fifth. The lefty had retired nine straight from the second out of the first through the first out of the fourth, and battled through a rough defensive inning in the fourth to get a strikeout that left the bases loaded.
In the fifth, a leadoff single and pair of walks created a bases-loaded jam with no outs as the Red Raiders turned to the bullpen. MSU would plate three in the frame to take its first lead of the game at 3-1.
Tech created a major opportunity for a response in the sixth, loading the bases with two away. Freshman Jace Jung helped the cause with an RBI walk, but Tech was unable to record the hit it needed as fellow freshman Nate Rombach went down on strikes.
Looking to start a rally in the eighth, sophomore Dru Baker reached for the 18th consecutive game with a leadoff walk. After a wild pitch, sophomore Cole Stilwell knocked him in with an RBI single. The Red Raiders were unable to string anything more together as they finished 2-for-9 with runners on base for the evening.
Stilwell, senior Brian Klein and sophomore Max Marusak recorded the lone hits for Tech. Marusak opened the scoring by reaching on an infield hit, stealing second and coming around on a Bulldog error.
Klein's single in the sixth extended his hitting streak to 12 games, the second longest by a Red Raider this season behind junior Dylan Neuse, who started the season hitting safely in the first 14 games.
Mississippi State's Houston Harding (1-0) picked up the win, allowing two runs on two hits in 5.2 innings. Spencer Price picked up his first save of the year, pitching a scoreless ninth.
Texas Tech looks to pick up a split of the midweek series as it battles No. 10 Mississippi State on Wednesday at 5 p.m. Sophomore Hunter Dobbins (2-0, 1.29 ERA) will get the ball for the Red Raiders while the Bulldogs will go with senior right-hander Carlisle Koestler (0-1, 5.40 ERA).