Texas Tech Drops San Diego 8-3|
Feb. 8, 2003
LUBBOCK, Texas - Despite temperatures hovering around the 30-degree mark, the Texas Tech baseball team pounded out 11 hits and got key pitching down the stretch to cruise to an 8-3 win over the visiting San Diego Toreros on Saturday afternoon at Dan Law Field.
Texas Tech (4-1) treated their guests from the West Coast to a chilly first game as the temperature at first pitch was 32 degrees with a wind chill of 24 degrees under cloudy skies and light snow.
The Red Raiders jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second as Tech rattled off six consecutive hits to start off the inning. Junior second baseman Josh Haney plated the first two runs of the game when he hit a two-RBI double that bounced in front of the Tech bullpen in left field. Junior shortstop T.J. Bruce plated the final run of the inning in the next at-bat when he singled to right field.
San Diego scored its first run of the game in the top of the third when Josh Hansen hit an RBI single into left field scoring Freddy Sandoval who led off the inning with a base hit.
The Torero pitching set down 12 consecutive Red Raider batters starting at the end of the second inning before Tech broke the string with a base hit by junior first baseman Doug Beck in the bottom of the sixth. Tech pushed its lead to 4-1 in the inning on an RBI groundout by T.J. Bruce.
Tech loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth on a leadoff double by junior designated hitter Evan Shahak, a walk by Doug Beck and a bunt single by Madison Edwards. The Red Raiders extended their lead to 6-1 thanks to a two-RBI single by second baseman T.J. Bruce. Josh Haney loaded the bases again with a single to right field and sophomore catcher Cooper Fouts plated a run on a fielder's choice and T.J. Bruce scored on a fielding error by Torero second baseman Erik Verdugo to make the score 8-1.
San Diego plated two cosmetic runs in the top of the ninth on a two-RBI double by Lucas Wennersten to make the final score 8-3.
Sophomore Steve Gooch (2-0) picked up his second win of the season after a shaky start as the Waco native allowed a career-high four walks (three in the second inning) but held the Toreros to just one run on six hits. San Diego's Kyle Collins (0-1), making his first appearance of the season, suffered the loss after surrendering three runs on six hits in four innings of work.
The Red Raiders and Toreros will play the second game of a doubleheader this afternoon at Dan Law Field.