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May 10, 1997

Aggies Take Second Game Over Tech

LUBBOCK, Texas - Making his first Big 12 Conference game start, Texas A&M's John Sneed tossed a five-hitter, while the Aggies erased a 3-0 deficit en route to a 5-3 win over Texas Tech in Lubbock Saturday night before 5,112 at Dan Law Field.

Texas Tech (43-9, 23-6) and Texas A&M (37-18, 18-11) wind up the three-game series Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Dan Law Field. Texas Tech clinched the regular-season Big 12 crown Friday night, coming back from a 6-0 deficit for a 12-9 win. The inaugural Big 12 Conference Tournament is next week at Oklahoma City.

Sneed, who improved to 5-0, struck out nine and walked five. He ended Keith Ginter's school-record 29-game hitting streak and also halted Josh Bard's 21-game streak. Tech's Shane Wright, who entered the game 10-0, suffered his first loss in allowing four earned runs and 11 hits in 6.2 innings.

Sneed didn't allow a Red Raider hit after Chris Shuffield's single in the fourth. He retired 16 of the final 18 batters he faced.

Sneed struggled in the second and third innings as Tech picked up where it left off late in Friday's game. He gave up a two-out RBI double to Shuffield in the second inning. Brandon Toro added a two-out RBI single in the third and Jason Landreth followed to make it 3-0 with an RBI single.

Down 3-0 in the fifth inning, A&M scored its first run on Matt Garrick's ninth home run of the year, a lead off shot to left center field. The Aggies cut it to 3-2 in the sixth with Sean Heaney's RBI single that scored Garrick.

A&M grabbed the lead for good in the seventh inning with a two-out, two-RBI double by Jason Stephens. Patrick Malone's first career home run in the off Tech reliever Brad Ralston in the eighth inning made it 5-3.

Brian Benefield went 3-for-3 for A&M, while Jason Tyner, Rich Petru, Garrick and Malone each had two hits. Shuffield was the lone Red Raider to garner two hits.

Texas A&M 5 (37-18)                                                 Texas Tech 3 (43-9)
Name (Pos)                 AB  R  H RBI  BB SO PO  A                Name (Pos)                 AB  R  H RBI  BB SO PO  A
----------------------------------------------------                ----------------------------------------------------
Jason Tyner cf............  5  0  2  0    0  1  2  0                Keith Ginter 2b...........  3  1  0  0    1  0  1  0
Steven Truitt lf..........  5  1  1  0    0  1  3  1                Shane Langen cf...........  4  1  1  0    0  0  1  0
Johnny Hunter rf..........  5  0  0  0    0  0  3  0                Joe Dillon 1b.............  3  0  0  0    1  2 12  1
Jason Stephens 1b.........  5  0  1  2    0  2  4  0                Josh Bard c...............  4  0  0  0    0  2  8  0
Matt Garrick c............  4  2  2  1    1  0  9  1                Brandon Toro rf...........  4  0  1  1    0  0  3  0
Rich Petru ss.............  5  0  2  0    0  1  3  2                Jason Landreth lf.........  3  1  1  1    1  1  0  0
Sean Heaney 3b............  5  0  1  1    0  2  0  3                Brandon Buckley 3b........  3  0  0  0    1  2  1  4
Patrick Malone dh.........  4  1  2  1    0  0  0  0                Jake Rinehart pr..........  0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0
Brian Benefield 2b........  3  1  3  0    0  0  2  1                Chris Shuffield dh........  3  0  2  1    1  0  0  0
John Sneed p..............  0  0  0  0    0  0  1  1                Jason Huth ss.............  3  0  0  0    0  2  0  3
Shane Wright p............  0  0  0  0    0  0  1  3
Brad Ralston p............  0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0
Jimmy Hooper p............  0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0
Totals.................... 41  5 14  5    1  7 27  9                Totals.................... 30  3  5  3    5  9 27 11

Score by innings:                       R  H  E
-----------------------------------------------
Texas A&M             000 011 210 0  -  5 14  0
Texas Tech            012 000 000    -  3  5  1
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E - Jason Huth(7).
DP - Texas A&M 1. LOB - Texas A&M 11, Texas Tech 5.
2B - J. Stephens(19), B. Benefield(17), C. Shuffield(7).
HR - M. Garrick(9), P. Malone(1).
SB - Jason Tyner(34).

Texas A&M              IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  AB  BF               Texas Tech             IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  AB  BF
-----------------------------------------------------               -----------------------------------------------------
John Sneed..........  9.0   5   3   3   5   9  30  35               Shane Wright........  6.2  11   4   4   1   3  31  32
Brad Ralston........  1.1   2   1   1   0   3   6   7
Jimmy Hooper........  1.0   1   0   0   0   1   4   4
Winner - John Sneed 5-0.  Loser - S. Wright 10-1.  Save - None.
WP - S. Wright(2).
HBP - by B. Ralston (B. Benefield).
Umpires - Home:C. Tarpley  1st:T. Norman  3rd:Andy Eaves
Start: 7 p.m.   Time: 212   Attendance: 5112

Texas A&M inning 1
Jason Tyner struck out. S. Truitt grounded out to p. J. Hunter grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Texas Tech inning 1
K. Ginter flied out to cf. S. Langen popped up to p. J. Dillon walked. Josh Bard struck out. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Texas A&M inning 2
J. Stephens struck out. M. Garrick reached on an error by ss. Rich Petru grounded out to p; M. Garrick advanced to second. Sean Heaney flied out to rf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Texas Tech inning 2
Brandon Toro grounded out to 3b. J. Landreth walked. B. Buckley struck out. C. Shuffield doubled to left field, RBI; J. Landreth scored. Jason Huth struck out. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Texas A&M inning 3
P. Malone grounded out to ss. B. Benefield singled to left field. B. Benefield out at first p to 1b, picked off. Jason Tyner grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Texas Tech inning 3
K. Ginter walked. S. Langen singled to left field; K. Ginter advanced to second. J. Dillon struck out looking. Josh Bard struck out. Brandon Toro singled to right field, RBI; S. Langen advanced to second; K. Ginter scored. J. Landreth singled to left field, RBI; Brandon Toro advanced to second, out at second lf to c to ss; S. Langen scored. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Texas A&M inning 4
S. Truitt grounded out to 3b. J. Hunter lined out to 3b. J. Stephens popped up to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Texas Tech inning 4
B. Buckley struck out. C. Shuffield singled to right field. Jason Huth struck out. K. Ginter flied out to cf. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Texas A&M inning 5
M. Garrick homered, RBI. Rich Petru grounded out to 1b unassisted. Sean Heaney grounded out to 3b. P. Malone singled to left field. B. Benefield doubled to center field; P. Malone advanced to third. Jason Tyner singled to shortstop. S. Truitt flied out to rf. 1 run, 4 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

Texas Tech inning 5
S. Langen flied out to lf. J. Dillon struck out. Josh Bard flied out to lf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Texas A&M inning 6
J. Hunter grounded out to 3b. J. Stephens struck out looking. M. Garrick singled to left field. Rich Petru singled to center field; M. Garrick advanced to second. Sean Heaney singled to center field, RBI; Rich Petru advanced to second; M. Garrick scored. Sean Heaney advanced to second on a wild pitch; Rich Petru advanced to third. P. Malone out at first 1b to p. 1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Texas Tech inning 6
Brandon Toro grounded out to 3b. J. Landreth flied out to rf. B. Buckley flied out to rf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Texas A&M inning 7
B. Benefield singled to center field. Jason Tyner grounded out to 1b unassisted; B. Benefield advanced to second. S. Truitt singled to first base; B. Benefield advanced to third. J. Hunter grounded out to 3b; S. Truitt advanced to second. J. Stephens doubled to center field, 2 RBI; S. Truitt scored; B. Benefield scored. M. Garrick intentionally walked. B. Ralston to p for S. Wright. Rich Petru struck out. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Texas Tech inning 7
C. Shuffield walked. Jason Huth reached on a fielder's choice; C. Shuffield out at second p to ss. K. Ginter hit into double play 2b to ss to 1b; Jason Huth out on the play. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Texas A&M inning 8
Sean Heaney struck out looking. P. Malone homered, RBI. B. Benefield hit by pitch. Jason Tyner singled to left field; B. Benefield advanced to third. Jason Tyner stole second. S. Truitt struck out. J. Hunter flied out to rf. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Texas Tech inning 8
S. Langen flied out to rf. J. Dillon grounded out to 3b. Josh Bard flied out to lf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Texas A&M inning 9
J. Hooper to p for B. Ralston. J. Stephens fouled out to c. M. Garrick flied out to cf. Rich Petru singled to center field. Sean Heaney struck out looking. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Texas Tech inning 9
Brandon Toro popped up to 2b. J. Landreth struck out looking. B. Buckley walked. J. Rinehart pinch ran for B. Buckley. C. Shuffield reached on a fielder's choice; J. Rinehart out at second ss to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Texas A&M inning 10
B. Buckley to 3b for J. Rinehart. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

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