Red Raiders Dominate Western Illinois 22-7|
Feb. 20, 2005
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech set a school record with 13 runs scored in the third inning and senior shortstop Cameron Blair picked up his fifth career grand slam in the Red Raiders 22-7 win over Western Illinois on Sunday afternoon at Dan Law Field.
The win improves Texas Tech to 7-1 on the season and gives the Red Raiders the series win over Western Illinois 2-1.
Western Illinois (4-4) left fielder Kyle Malan gave the Leathernecks an early 2-0 lead when he belted a two-run home run over the left field fence in the top of the first inning. Malan's home run scored second baseman Jim Sanew who reached on a one-out walk by Tech starter Joe McCoy. McCoy did not renter the game in the second due to an ailing back and was replaced by Billy Carnline.
The Red Raiders broke the game open in the bottom of the third as Tech set a new school record with 13 runs scored in the frame. Tech's 13 runs came on eight hits and 13 Red Raiders hitters went to the plate in the frame before Western Illinois ever recorded an out. The inning was highlighted by senior shortstop Cameron Blair's fifth career-grand slam and his second of the 2005 season.
After allowing the Leathernecks to score five runs in the fifth, Texas Tech responded by scoring eight runs over the next three frames to take a 22-7 win.
Junior right-hander Billy Carnline (2-0) earned the win in relief as he tossed four innings allowing six hits, three earned runs and struckout four. Skyler Pyles (0-2) was tagged with the loss in relief for the Leathernecks as he gave up six earned runs on three hits and walked four in just one inning on the mound.
Freshman second baseman Drew Roberts entered the game in the third inning and finished the day with a season-best four RBI. Third baseman Joseph Callender also had a strong day at the plate for Tech as he was 3-for-5 with three RBI.
Texas Tech will wrap up a four-game homestand on Tuesday afternoon at Dan Law Field. The Red Raiders will host the Dallas Baptist Patriots at 3 p.m.