Barbers Hill alum gains upper hand on old team

The Texas Tech Red Raiders baseball team survived to play another day and while doing it, Bryce Bonnin also got a bit of revenge in the process.

The Red Raiders (44-19) rallied from a three-run deficit and then recorded the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat fifth-seeded Arkansas, 5-4, Monday in an elimination round game at the 2019 College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.

The eighth-seeded Tech squad plays 6 p.m. tonight against unseeded Florida State in another elimination game and a chance for a spot in a bracket final against unseeded Michigan on noon Friday.

Bonnin, a redshirt sophomore from Barbers Hill High School, transferred to Tech after spending his freshman year with Arkansas in 2017.

Bonnin made 11 appearances for the Razorbacks in 2018. This season, he is third on the Red Raiders staff in wins with six and holds a 4.42 ERA over 14 appearances - 12 starts. Opponents are batting .231 against him.

His focus is on Tech’s success and not about getting one on his old team.

“That’s what I came here for,” Bonnin told WholeHogSports, an Arkansas sports blog site, before the game. “I’m not trying to be distracted by anything. I’ve just got to play for my team. I hadn’t really thought about it much.”

In the other half of the bracket, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Auburn and Louisville remain alive heading into Tuesday’s games.

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