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May 11, 1997

Aggies Withstand Texas Tech's Ninth Inning Heroics

LUBBOCK, Texas - Matt Garrick and Rick Petru drove in eight runs between the two -- hitting in the fourth and fifth spots in the lineup Sunday -- as the Aggies withstood a five-run ninth that brought the potential winning run to the plate.

It was the first time in 17 conference home series dating back to the 1992 Texas series that the Red Raiders have lost a league series.

Texas A&M, now 38-18 (19-11 in Big 12 standings), scored three runs in the first. Jason Tyner singled to short, Steven Truitt singled to left and Johnny Hunter walked to load the bases. Garrick had two-run single and Sean Heaney singled home a third run.

The Red Raiders, now 43-10 overall and the No. 1 seed in the Big XII Conference with a 23-7 record, saw the Aggies commit two first-inning effors allowing Tech two runs on Josh Bard's sacrifice fly and error by shortstop Petru.

Hunter singled in a run in the second and Patrick Malone did the same in the third. A&M tallied four more times in the fourth with two outs. Garrick's second double plated two runs and Petru's eighth home got in two more, making it 9-2.

Tech rallied as Jason Huth's single scored one run and Keith Ginter's sacrifice fly another in the fourth, making it 9-4. Joe Dillon's double was followed by Josh Bard's 12th home run of the year in the fifth frame and A&M's lead was cut to 9-6.

In the eighth A&M rallied with two outs. Jason Stephens doubled home Tyner, who had singled leadoff the inning. Petru had a two-run double and eventually scored on a wild pitch, making it 13-6.

Tech came to life in the ninth. Ginter doubled down the right field line leading off and Jason Landreth followed with a double to left center, making it 13-7. Duane Price pinch ran to Landreth. Dillon greeted reliever Casey Fossum with his 28th homer of the year and it was 13-9. Bard and Brandon Toro followed with doubles making it 13-10 and Chris Shuffield walked to kayo Fossum.

Robert Keens enticed Brandon Buckley to hit into a 6-4-3 double play. Shane Langen drew a walk and Huth doubled to left making it 13-11. The Big XII's leading hitter, Keith Ginter, tapped back to the mound to end the game. The three game series drew 15,274, an all-time Tech record.

Texas A&M   311 400 040 -- 13   16  2
Texas Tech  200 220 005 -- 11   15  2

John Codrington, Courtney Weller (5), Casey Fossum, (9), Robert Keens (9); and Matt Garrick. Monty Ward, David Therneau (3), Zach Stewart (4), Jimmy Frush (4), Brad Ralston (8), Jeff Peck (8) and Josh Bard. WP -- Weller (5-1); LP -- Monty Ward (8-3). HR -- Rich Petru (6th) for Texas A&M; Joe Dillon (28) and Josh Bard (12) for Texas Tech. 2B -- Tech; Ginter (23), Landreth 2 (25), Dillon (19), Bard (20), Brandon Toro (20), Jason Huth (11) ; Jason Stephen 920), Matt Garrick 2 (13), Rich Petru (13), Brian Benefield 2 (25), A&M.

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