LUBBOCK - No. 3 Texas Tech baseball dropped its season opener Friday to Oregon, 9-4, in front of 4,432 fans, an opening-day record for Rip Griffin Park.
The loss moves Texas Tech to 6-2 all-time on Opening Day under head coach Tim Tadlock and marks Tech’s first opening-day defeat since 2014 when it fell to No. 3 Indiana to begin the season.
After the Red Raiders took a 1-0 lead in the first off a Brian Klein RBI single, the Ducks (1-0) put eight runs on the board over the third, fourth and fifth innings to take an 8-3 lead after five.
Klein led three Red Raiders with multi-hit efforts as the junior went 2-for-5. Senior Cameron Warren finished 2-for-4 with his 13th career home run, while sophomore newcomer Dylan Neuse added a 2-for-4 effort.
Freshman Dru Baker, one of four freshman starters for Tech, led the team in RBI with two on the day, one on a sacrifice fly in the fourth and the other with a single in the sixth.
Ducks Aaron Zavala and Tanner Smith posted three-hit efforts as Oregon finished the day with 15 hits and nine stolen bases.
Junior right-handed pitcher Caleb Kilian took the loss for Tech. The preseason All-Big 12 selection gave up six runs on six hits with two walks over 3.1 innings. Six Red Raider pitchers saw time on Friday, including sophomore Kurt Wilson, who struck out three and yielded one run in 2.1 innings of work.
The Red Raiders will look to rebound Saturday as game two of the four-game series begins at 3 p.m. CT at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.