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May 9, 1997

Red Raiders Pull Conference Comeback

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Before the second-largest crowd in school history, the #4 Texas Tech Red Raiders came back to defeat conference rival Texas A&M 12-9, securing the Big 12 Championship title for the Red Raiders.

In front of 5,298 fans, the Red Raiders rallied from a 6-0 deficit to score 12 runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Aggies scored three runs in the first inning, followed by three more in the fifth. Tech let loose in the seventh, led by a two-run double by left fielder Jason Landreth. Right fielder Brandon Toro added two doubles for the day, while both Joe Dillon and Brandon Buckley knocked down two RBIs each in the seventh.

Second baseman Keith Ginter extended his hitting streak to 29 games, setting the new school record, while catcher Josh Bard extended his hitting streak to 21 games this season. After losing starter Jason Gooding in the seventh, reliever David Therneau stepped in to record the win, improving his record to 6-0.

Texas Tech improved their record to 43-8 overall, 23-5 Big 12, while A&M's record moved to 36-18 overall, 17-11 Big 12. The Red Raiders face the Aggies tomorrow in the second game of the series at 7:00 p.m.

Following the victory today, Tech will enter the Big 12 Conference Tournament as the #1 seed. The Red Raiders will travel to Oklahoma City next week for the tournament.

Texas A&M 9 (36-18)                                                 Texas Tech 12 (43-8)
Name (Pos)                 AB  R  H RBI  BB SO PO  A                Name (Pos)                 AB  R  H RBI  BB SO PO  A
----------------------------------------------------                ----------------------------------------------------
Jason Tyner cf............  6  0  0  0    0  2  2  0                Keith Ginter 2b...........  5  1  1  1    0  0  1  6
Steven Truitt lf..........  5  2  3  1    0  0  0  0                Shane Langen cf/lf........  5  0  0  0    0  2  1  0
Johnny Hunter rf..........  3  3  2  1    2  1  0  0                Joe Dillon 1b.............  3  2  2  2    2  1  9  1
Jason Stephens 1b.........  5  2  2  2    0  3 14  0                Josh Bard c...............  5  2  2  1    0  0 12  1
Matt Garrick c............  5  1  4  3    0  1  7  1                Brandon Toro rf...........  4  1  2  1    0  1  1  0
Scott Sandusky dh.........  5  0  1  0    0  2  0  0                Jason Landreth lf.........  3  1  1  2    1  2  0  0
Rich Petru ss.............  4  0  1  1    1  1  0  0                 Duane Price pr/cf......... 0  1  0  0    0  0  0  0
Sean Heaney 3b............  5  0  1  1    0  2  0  6                Brandon Buckley 3b........  4  2  1  2    0  0  1  0
Brian Benefield 2b........  4  1  2  0    1  0  1  4                Chris Shuffield dh........  3  1  1  1    1  0  0  0
Matt Blank p..............  0  0  0  0    0  0  0  1                Jason Huth ss.............  4  1  2  0    0  1  1  3
 Casey Fossum p............ 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0                Jason Gooding p...........  0  0  0  0    0  0  1  1
 Courtney Weller p......... 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0                 David Therneau p.......... 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0
 Scott Barrett p........... 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  1                 Brad Ralston p............ 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0
Totals.................... 42  9 16  9    4 12 24 13                Totals.................... 36 12 12 10    4  7 27 12

Score by innings:                       R  H  E
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Texas A&M             300 030 030    -  9 16  2
Texas Tech            000 000 (12)0  - 12 12  0
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E - J. Hunter(3), J. Stephens(10).
DP - Texas A&M 1. LOB - Texas A&M 10, Texas Tech 4.
2B - S. Truitt(17), J. Hunter(11), M. Garrick 2(12), Rich Petru(12), B.
Benefield(16), Brandon Toro 2(19), J. Landreth(24).
HR - J. Stephens(6).
SB - S. Truitt(12), J. Dillon(15). CS - B. Benefield(4).
Texas A&M              IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  AB  BF               Texas Tech             IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  AB  BF
-----------------------------------------------------               -----------------------------------------------------
Matt Blank..........  6.0   6   4   4   1   5  23  24               Jason Gooding.......  6.0  12   6   6   3   7  29  32
Casey Fossum........  0.1   4   6   3   1   1   6   7               David Therneau......  1.1   2   2   2   0   2   6   6
Courtney Weller.....  0.2   2   2   0   1   1   4   5               Brad Ralston........  1.2   2   1   1   1   3   7   8
Scott Barrett.......  1.0   0   0   0   1   0   3   4
Winner - D. Therneau 6-0.  Loser - C. Fossum 3-4.  Save - None.
WP - J. Gooding 2(11), B. Ralston(2). PB - Josh Bard.
Umpires - Home:Andy Evans  1st:Clay Tarpley  3rd:Tim Norman
Start: 7:03 pm   Time: 2:43   Attendance: 5298

Play-by-Play

Texas A&M inning 1

Jason Tyner grounded out to ss. S. Truitt singled. S. Truitt advanced to second on a wild pitch. J. Hunter doubled, RBI; S. Truitt scored. J. Stephens singled; J. Hunter advanced to third. M. Garrick singled, RBI; J. Stephens advanced to second; J. Hunter scored. S. Sandusky reached on a fielder's choice; M. Garrick out at second 2b to ss; J. Stephens advanced to third. Rich Petru doubled, RBI; S. Sandusky advanced to third; J. Stephens scored. Sean Heaney struck out. 3 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Texas Tech inning 1

K. Ginter grounded out to 2b. S. Langen grounded out to p. J. Dillon singled. J. Dillon stole second. Josh Bard grounded out to c. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Texas A&M inning 2

B. Benefield walked. Jason Tyner struck out looking. B. Benefield out at second c to 2b, caught stealing. S. Truitt doubled. J. Hunter walked; S. Truitt stole third. J. Stephens struck out looking. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Texas Tech inning 2

Brandon Toro doubled. J. Landreth struck out looking. B. Buckley grounded out to 1b unassisted. C. Shuffield grounded out to 3b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Texas A&M inning 3

M. Garrick struck out looking. S. Sandusky singled. S. Sandusky advanced to second on a wild pitch. Rich Petru flied out to cf. Sean Heaney out at first 1b to p. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Texas Tech inning 3

Jason Huth singled. K. Ginter hit into double play 2b to 1b; Jason Huth out on the play. S. Langen struck out. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Texas A&M inning 4

B. Benefield grounded out to 2b. Jason Tyner grounded out to p. S. Truitt grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Texas Tech inning 4

J. Dillon struck out. Josh Bard grounded out to 3b. Brandon Toro grounded out to 3b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Texas A&M inning 5

J. Hunter walked. J. Stephens homered, 2 RBI; J. Hunter scored. M. Garrick singled. S. Sandusky popped up to 3b. Rich Petru grounded out to ss; M. Garrick advanced to second. Sean Heaney singled, RBI; M. Garrick scored. B. Benefield singled; Sean Heaney advanced to second. Jason Tyner struck out. 3 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Texas Tech inning 5

J. Landreth struck out. B. Buckley grounded out to 3b. C. Shuffield grounded out to 3b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Texas A&M inning 6

S. Truitt grounded out to ss. J. Hunter struck out. J. Stephens struck out looking. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Texas Tech inning 6

Jason Huth struck out looking. K. Ginter flied out to cf. S. Langen grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Texas A&M inning 7

M. Garrick doubled. M. Garrick advanced to third on a passed ball. D. Therneau to p for J. Gooding. S. Sandusky struck out looking. Rich Petru struck out looking. Sean Heaney grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Texas Tech inning 7

J. Dillon walked. Josh Bard singled; J. Dillon advanced to second. Brandon Toro doubled, RBI; Josh Bard advanced to third; J. Dillon scored. J. Landreth doubled, 2 RBI; Brandon Toro scored; Josh Bard scored. C. Fossum to p for Matt Blank. B. Buckley reached on an error by 1b; J. Landreth scored. C. Shuffield walked; B. Buckley advanced to second. Jason Huth singled; C. Shuffield advanced to second; B. Buckley advanced to third. K. Ginter singled, RBI; Jason Huth advanced to second; C. Shuffield advanced to third; B. Buckley scored, unearned. S. Langen struck out. J. Dillon singled, 2 RBI; K. Ginter advanced to second; Jason Huth scored; C. Shuffield scored. Josh Bard singled, RBI; J. Dillon advanced to third; K. Ginter scored. C. Weller to p for C. Fossum. Brandon Toro struck out. J. Landreth walked; Josh Bard advanced to second. B. Buckley singled, 2 RBI; J. Landreth advanced to second; Josh Bard scored, unearned; J. Dillon scored, unearned. Duane Price pinch ran for J. Landreth. C. Shuffield singled, RBI, advanced to third on an error by rf; B. Buckley scored, unearned; Duane Price scored, unearned. Jason Huth grounded out to 2b. 12 runs, 9 hits, 2 errors, 1 LOB.

Texas A&M inning 8

Duane Price to cf for S. Langen. S. Langen to lf for Duane Price. B. Benefield doubled. Jason Tyner grounded out to 2b; B. Benefield advanced to third. S. Truitt singled, RBI; B. Benefield scored. B. Ralston to p for D. Therneau. J. Hunter singled; S. Truitt advanced to second. J. Stephens struck out. M. Garrick doubled, 2 RBI; J. Hunter scored; S. Truitt scored. M. Garrick advanced to third on a wild pitch. S. Sandusky struck out. 3 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Texas Tech inning 8

S. Barrett to p for C. Weller. K. Ginter grounded out to 3b. S. Langen to lf for Duane Price. Duane Price to cf for S. Langen. S. Langen grounded out to p. J. Dillon walked. Josh Bard flied out to cf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Texas A&M inning 9

Rich Petru walked. Sean Heaney struck out. B. Benefield flied out to rf. Jason Tyner grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Game Notes: Texas Tech rallied from a 6-0 deficit to score 12 runs in the 7th inning to capture the outright championship of the Big XII ... 5298 crowd was the second highest attendance ever ... Keith Ginter extended his hitting streak to a school record 29 and Josh Bard extedned his to 21 games.
J. Gooding faced 1 batter in the 7th.
Matt Blank faced 4 batters in the 7th.

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