Brady Paces Texas Tech To 9-4 Win Over Ohio State

Josh Brady led Texas Tech with two home runs and four RBI.

Josh Brady led Texas Tech with two home runs and four RBI.

Feb. 15, 2004

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HOUSTON, Texas - Junior first baseman Josh Brady went 3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI to pace the Texas Tech Red Raiders to a 9-4 win over the Ohio State Buckeyes on Sunday afternoon at the Minute Maid College Classic at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

Ohio State (0-3), a team that advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals last year and was ranked as high as No. 26 in the preseason, took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when second baseman Drew Anderson hit a two-out solo home run over the left field wall.

Texas Tech (5-1) took a lead in the top of the third and never relinquished it thanks to the bats of Ryan Andrews, Jose Delgado and Josh Brady. Andrews led off the inning with a double down the left field line and Delgado reached on an RBI single that allowed Andrews to score from third. Josh Brady picked up his first home run of the game in the next-at bat as he sent a towering three-run homer over the left field wall. Brady's three-run home run plated Delgado and catcher Cooper Fouts who reached earlier in the inning on a walk.

Ohio State pulled to within one in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single from Brett Garrard and he later scored on a fielding error by Tech shortstop Cameron Blair.

Tech added another run in the top of the sixth as left fielder Michael Mask reached on a leadoff single and moved to third on a steal and a wild pitch. Third baseman Josh Haney gave Tech a 5-3 lead when he plated Mask on a short infield chopper that resulted into a fielder's choice.



Ohio State added another run in the sixth before Tech blew the game open by scoring four runs over the next two innings.

In the eighth, Brady connected on his second home run of the afternoon when he belted a solo shot over the left field wall. Michael Mask picked up a double to left-center and designated hitter Matthew Coco scored him with a groundout to shortstop.

Tech plated two more runs in the ninth on RBI singles from Delgado and Mask.

Steve Gooch (1-0) picked up his first win of the season as he pitched six innings allowing two earned runs on six hits and struckout seven. Trent Luyster (0-1) was tagged with the loss for Ohio State as he surrendered five earned runs on seven hits in seven innings of work.

Texas Tech returns to action this weekend as they will play host to the Northern Illinois Huskies in a three-game series at Dan Law Field. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 3 p.m. Tickets are available and can be purchased through the Texas Tech Athletic Ticket Office at (806) 742-TECH or 1-888-GOBIG12.

Minute Maid Classic Notes:

  • Texas Tech finished play in the Minute Maid College Classic with a 2-1 overall record. Tech fell to No. 1 Rice 9-6 in the top of the ninth on Friday night and then responded with a 12-7 extra-inning win over Houston and a 9-4 win over Ohio State.
  • Texas Tech's 2-1 record in the Minute Maid Classic is its best showing in three appearances in the tourney as Tech went 1-2 in both 2001 and 2002.
  • Texas Tech picked up wins over two NCAA Super Regional teams from a year ago as both Houston and Ohio State made it to phase two of the NCAA playoffs.
  • Left fielder Michael Mask was the leading hitter for Tech in the tournament as he went 8-for-16 for a .500 clip. He totaled two doubles, one home runs and six RBI.
  • Juniors Josh Brady (first base), Michael Mask (outfield) and Adam Fry (right-handed pitcher) were named to the Minute Maid Classic All-Tournament Team at their respective position.
  • Junior first baseman Josh Brady was the team MPV as he went 5-for-14 with two home runs and eight RBI.
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