Hays Wins 700th Game At Texas Tech With Win Over Huskies|
Feb. 13, 2005
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech Head Coach Larry Hays picked up his 700th win as the school's head coach today as the Red Raiders defeated Northern Illinois 12-7 at Dan Law Field.
The win gives Texas Tech the series sweep and improves the Red Raiders to 4-0 on the season. Tech skipper Larry Hays also moves five wins closer to his 1,400th career coaching victory as he now stands at 1,395-752-3 in 35 seasons as a head coach.
Senior right-hander Joe McCoy (2-0) turned in the best performance by a Tech starter so far in this young season as he pitched six innings allowing two earned runs on five hits and struckout five. The win was his second this week as he earned the victory against New Mexico in relief on Tuesday.
Northern Illinois took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Anthony Venetucci delivered an RBI-groundout that allowed Kyle Pettengell to score from third. Pettengell was the leadoff hitter of the inning and reached on a hit-by-pitch by McCoy.
Texas Tech took the lead in the bottom of the third as the Red Raiders plated three runs thanks to the hot bats of freshmen Chris Richburg and David Steffey. Richburg plated the first run with an RBI-triple to right field and Steffey gave Tech the 3-1 lead when he blasted a two-run homer over the left field wall. The home run was Steffey's second in as many games.
Richburg added two more RBI in the sixth inning that was part of a four run outburst by Tech that pushed the Red Raiders ahead 7-1.
The Huskies rallied in the top of the seventh as they plated four runs to pull within two at 7-5. Right fielder Mike Santoro's two-run home run in the frame was his third of the series.
As quickly as Northern Illinois seemed to come to life, so did the Red Raiders as Tech tacked on three runs in the bottom of the seventh to take control of the game. Senior second baseman Carey Avants belted a bases-loaded triple into right center field to give Tech a 10-5 lead.
Senior Cody Fuller hit an RBI triple in the eighth and Callender followed with an RBI single to extend the Tech lead to 12-5. Callender finished the day with a team high three hits as he was 3-for-5 with one RBI and two runs scored. Northern Illinois plated two runs in the top of the ninth off of Carleton Hargrove to make the final score 12-7.
Texas Tech hits the road for the first time this season as the Red Raiders will battle No. 21 TCU on Tuesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at TCU's Lupton Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on the Red Raider Baseball Radio Network and can be heard on KKAM-1340 AM in Lubbock and on the internet at www.texastech.com.