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Mar. 7, 1997

Texas Reaches Win Number 2,500

AUSTIN, Texas -- Brett Loeffler hit a two-run home run to lead Texas to 7-6 win over Texas Tech in the Big 12 opener for both schools. Texas (17-4, 1-0) has won six straight games against Texas Tech (11-2, 0-1). The win for Texas was the 2,500th collegiate win in the Longhorns' storied history. Texas is the first program in the NCAA to reach the 2,500 win plateau.

Chris Speerstra (5-1) four and a third no-hit innings to start the game before allowing a bunt single in the fifth. In the sixth, Tech managed three more hits in addition to a walk a hit batter to score four runs and chase Speerstra from the game. Speerstra gave up four runs on four hits and a walk in his five and two-thirds innings of work. Scott Dunn and Brock Rumfield held the lead for Texas setting up Eric French's seventh save of the year. French continued his dominance over Tech with his fourth career save against the Red Raiders.

At the plate, Loeffler finished 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs scored and two RBI. In his career, Loeffler is 9-for-19 against Texas Tech with four home runs, seven runs scored and 13 RBI. Mark Cridland turned in a three hit performance going 3-for-4 with an RBI.

Chris Shuffield was the top hitter for Tech going 3-for-4 with three RBI, all on his sixth inning bases loaded double.

Monty Ward (3-1) was the losing pitcher lasting five and two-thirds yielding seven runs (five earned) on nine hits and four walks.

Texas and Texas Tech play game two of their game series this afternoon at 2 pm in Austin.

Texas Tech      000 004 200  -  6  6  1
Texas           220 012 00-  0  7  9  3
Ward, Ralston (6) and Bard. Speerstra, Dunn (6), Rumfield (7),
French (8) and Spiker. WP - Speerstra (5-1). LP - Ward (3-1).
Notable: Brett Loeffler 2-for-3 2 RBI.

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