Texas struggled to score against the Texas Tech pitchers all weekend and the Longhorns once again couldn't find their way at the plate in Sunday's 4-2 loss.
Augie Garrido hopes his young position players will continue to mature at the plate and improve their pitch selection.
Entering the weekend scoring nearly six runs a game during its five-game win streak, Texas (12-7, 1-2 Big 12) scored a total of four runs while losing two of three.
As the Horns now look forward to a long road trip, the lack of offense is second to none on the list of improvements Augie Garrido's team needs.
"It ain't about the pitching. We all know that," Garrido said.
Texas Tech (14-8, 2-1) got a great performance from reliever Jonny Drozd. The junior left-hander came in for starter Matt Withrow in the third inning and needed only 35 pitches to retire 13 of the first 14 Texas batters he faced.
Drozd (3-1) went 5 1/3 innings, allowing only four hits and striking out two Longhorns to help Texas Tech win its first series in Austin since 2001. His performance was the latest stretch in which the Texas batters fell silent through the middle innings of a game.
"We've just got to take that next step in baseball maturity and be able to go nine innings competitively," Garrido said.
The Red Raiders took the lead for good in the sixth when Jarrard Poteete singled to right scoring Devon Conley from second. They added an insurance run in the seventh when Jacob Felts let a pitch from reliever Ty Marlow get past him, allowing Jake Barrios to score after a leadoff triple.
The Longhorns held the lead briefly when freshman Ben Johnson gave Texas a 2-0 lead in the second inning with a towering home run to left field. The shot was his second of the season and one of the few times the 6,373 fans at UFCU Disch-Falk Field had something to cheer about.
Tech answered in the next half inning with three base hits and got help from a Nathan Thornhill wild pitch to tie the game.
Thornhill (1-2) tied a career high with seven strikeouts in his six innings of work. The junior allowed three runs and gave up five hits while picking up the loss.
But as Garrido said, it wasn't about the pitching. Until it gets fixed it will continue to be about the timely hitting. Texas stranded eight runners on Sunday - the same amount as Friday and Saturday.
Sunday's was the toughest loss yet for this Texas ball club. It was visible in the face of Garrido and his players.
Now, after only scoring three runs in a three-game sweep by Stanford in their only games outside of Austin to date, the young Longhorns must find a way to not let this one linger into their upcoming road trip.
"How we respond to this particular loss of two games this weekend is going to determine a lot about who we become," Garrido said.
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