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Mar. 2, 1997

Red Raiders Sweep Aggies

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Jason Gooding hurled a two-hitter, facing just two over the minimum for nine innings as Texas Tech ran their winning streak to nine Sunday with 8-0 and 6-5 victories over New Mexico State.

Monty Ward picked up his third win, yielding just two hits and one earned runs plus recorded nine strikeouts in his six innings of work.

Tech, now 9-1, will host West Texas A&M in a pair of 7 p.m. games at Dan Law Field Monday and Tuesday nights in a tuneup for their Big XIII opener next weekend in Austin against Texas (single games on Friday (2 p.m.), Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.).

Ward now has 34 strikeouts in 20 innings and Gooding has 31 Ks in 22 frames. Ward, who has three appearances, is allowing foes to hit a mere .136 and Gooding's three outings has foes hitting .181. His shutout was the first Tech whitewashing since a 26-0 pasting of College of Southwest last April 21. That's a span of 29 games. Gooding also snapped the13-game hitting streak of Aggie Ryan Upshaw.

"(Monty) Ward and (Jason) Gooding were outstanding for us today and (Jimmy) Hooper did an good job for us. He had to face a situation where a mistake could cost us the game," said Tech coach Larry Hays."

Chris Shuffield and Jason Landreth worked the double steal to perfection for Tech's first run of the day and then Shuffield ripped a three-run homer in the third inning. Tech increased its lead to 6-1 in the sixth on Brandon Toro's home run. The Aggies rallied with a Jason Story pinch-hit single to center and in the eighth Ryan Upshaw stole home and Jeremy Booth had a two-run homer.

That brought on Hooper, who walked one and allowed one hit in two innings, striking out the last two men to end the game. He picked up Tech's first save of the year in the process.

The nightcap got started on a bizarre note. Toro, who extended his hitting streak to a team-high eight games in the eighth inning, walked as did Keith Ginter. With one out Langdas the proper batter, so he was ruled out (unassisted to the catcher) and the runners had to return to their bases. Landreth then field out to center.

"The mix-up was my fault," explained Hays. "I filled out two lineups and put one on the board and gave the other to the umpire. The think I hate about that is that it takes away a double and the RBIs from Landreth."

Jess Olivares had a two-run homer in the second. Another two-run frame in the third featured Shuffield's double to left and a double steal with Landreth and Shuffield. Dillon had an RBI single and Josh Bard a two-run single in the seventh and Keith Ginter singled home the final run in the eighth.

Game 1
Texas Tech 6, New Mexico State 5
New Mexico State    000 100 130  -- 5 8 1
Texas Tech          013 002 00x  -- 6 7 1 
Texas Tech: Ward, Stewart, Frush, Hooper and Buckley. NMS: Klassen, Stewart and Hoopes,
Story. 2B: Landreth (Texas Tech). 3B: None. HR: Booth (NMS), Toro (Texas Tech),
Shuffield (Texas Tech).
WP: Ward (3-0). LP: Klassen (2-1).

Game 2
Texas Tech 8, New Mexico State 0
New Mexico State      000 000 000  --  0  2  0 
Texas Tech            022 000 31x  --  8 10  1
Texas Tech: Gooding and Bard. NMS: Solomon, Montoya and Hague. 2B:
Toro (Texas Tech), Shuffield (Texas Tech), Ayers (Texas Tech), Huth (Texas Tech).
3B: None. HR: Oliveras (Texas Tech).
WP: Gooding (3-0). LP: Solomon (1-2). Att: 1498

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