Ramos, Red Raiders Dominate Dallas Baptist 21-1|
Feb. 16, 2007
MIDLAND, Texas - Sophomore AJ Ramos threw a career-high eight innings and fanned nine while Kyle Martin added a career-high five RBI as Texas Tech pounded Dallas Baptist 21-1 in the first game of the 2007 Midland College Classic at Citibank Ballpark.
The win extends Texas Tech's streak to four games as the Red Raiders improve to 5-3 on the young season while Dallas Baptist falls to 3-2.
In a game that featured 21 runs, the story of the night was not the offense but instead the valiant effort by sophomore hurler AJ Ramos (2-1). Ramos posted career highs in innings pitched and strikeouts as he tossed eight shutout frames and fanned nine. He faced just three batters over the minimum and finished with 91 total pitches.
Junior catcher Matt Smith gave the Red Raiders a huge lift in the bottom of the first when he deposited a 0-2 pitch onto the grass berm in left field. The three-run homer was his fifth of the season and scored Chris Hall and Roger Kieschnick who led off the frame with a walk and a base hit respectively. Freshman center fielder Taylor Ashby rounded out the Tech scoring in the inning with an RBI single that went straight up the middle and allowed Geoff Byrns to score from third. Byrns got on base with his first triple of the season that bounced off the wall in center and extended his hit streak to eight games.
Unfortunately for Dallas Baptist, the first inning would not be the most devastating as the Red Raiders exploded for a season-high 11 runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 16-0 lead. Of the 11 runs scored in the inning, only two of them were earned due to a costly fielding error by DBU first baseman Evan Bigley. Senior shortstop Kyle Martin delivered the biggest blow of the inning when he crushed his first career grand slam that gave the Red Raiders a season-high 16 runs.
The Tech offense added five more runs to go up 21-1 before Dallas Baptist broke the shutout attempt with two outs in the top of the ninth. Matt Tucker plated the only run of the game for the Patriots when he laced an RBI single off Tech reliever Brian Cloud.
Texas Tech continues play in the Midland College Classic on Saturday afternoon when the Red Raiders face the St. John's Red Storm at 5 p.m.