Shahak Delivers Game-Ending Home Run To Give Tech 15-13 Win
Feb. 9, 2003
LUBBOCK, Texas - Junior designated hitter Evan Shahak hit a game-ending two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Texas Tech Red Raiders a dramatic 15-13 victory over San Diego on Sunday afternoon at Dan Law Field. The win gives Texas Tech the series sweep as Tech posted 7-3 and 8-3 wins in doubleheader action on Saturday.
Texas Tech (6-1) wasted no time getting runs on the scoreboard as the Red Raiders plated three runs on two hits in the bottom of the first inning. Junior first baseman Doug Beck plated the first run of the game on an RBI sacrifice fly with the bases loaded allowing sophomore centerfielder Madison Edwards to score from third. Junior second baseman Josh Haney delivered a two-run single through the right side to give Tech the early 3-0 lead.
Trailing 4-0 in the top of the third, San Diego took over the lead as the Toreros pounded out five runs on five hits and chased away Tech starter Dusty Buck. Buck gave up all five hits in the inning and finished the day with allowing six hits, three walks and five earned runs in just 2 1/3 innings of work.
The Red Raiders retook the lead in its half of the third plating two runs on one hit and a total of four San Diego fielding errors.
Texas Tech exploded again in the bottom of the fourth allowing scoring four runs on six hits and one San Diego error to take a 10-6 lead. The inning was highlighted by an RBI triple by T.J. Bruce who would finish the day 3-for-3 at the plate with four runs scored and two RBI.
In what turned out to be a see-saw battle between Tech and San Diego in the latter innings as the Toreros plated six runs in the fifth and sixth innings to go ahead 12-10. San Diego plated five runs in the top of the sixth on poor Tech relief pitching that saw Red Raider relievers Joseph Llanas and Brock Johns load the bases with three walks and no outs.
Texas Tech tied the game in the bottom of the sixth as the Red Raiders plated two runs on three hits including an RBI single by sophomore catcher Cooper Fouts. T.J. Bruce broke the 12-12 tie in the bottom of the seventh with a solo home run over the left field fence making him just the third Red Raider to hit a home run this year.
San Diego forced the game to go into the bottom of the ninth as pinch hitter Jamie Hesselgesser delivered an RBI single into right field allowing Josh Hansen to score. Tech reliever Juan Razo worked himself out of a one-out situation in which San Diego had runners on first and second with back-to-back groundouts to stop the Toreros from taking the lead.
Sophomore centerfielder Cody Fuller, who replaced Travis McElroy in the sixth, led off the bottom of the ninth with a double to left-center field to give Tech a runner in scoring position with no outs. Junior designated hitter Evan Shahak, who had been relatively silent most of the series, made a big noise in the end as he pumped a two-run game-ending home run over the left-center field fence to give Tech the 15-13 win.
Junior right-hander Juan Razo (1-0) picked up the win in relief for Texas Tech as he pitched the final two innings of the game allowing one earned run on two hits. San Diego reliever Tony Perez suffered the loss for the Toreros allowing three earned runs on four hits over 2 1/3 innings of work.
Texas Tech returns to action next weekend as the Red Raiders will host the San Francisco Dons in a three-game series beginning on Friday at 3 p.m. The series will continue on Saturday with a noon start and will wrap up on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m.
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