Edwards' Grand Slam Gives Hays His 1,400th Win
Feb. 27, 2005
MIDLAND, Texas - Senior right fielder Madison Edwards hit a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth to give Texas Tech Head Coach Larry Hays his 1,400th career win as the Red Raiders defeated Lamar 5-3 on Saturday evening at First American Bank Ballpark in Midland.
Hays joined an elite group in college baseball history tonight as he became just the fifth coach in NCAA history to reach 1,400 wins in a career. Hays has spent 35 years as a head coach and in that time has amassed a record of 1,400-753-3.
Lamar's Michael Ambort scored the first run of the game when he belted a solo home run over the right field fence in the top of the fourth. The Cardinals added another run in the frame on an RBI double by Matt Lambeth.
Tech starter Randy Gattis was chased away in the top of the fifth as the Cardinals got a leadoff hit from Colt Crawford. Andrew Leal pushed the Lamar lead to 3-0 on an RBI double off of reliever Adam Fry that plated Crawford from second.
Texas Tech got a rally going in the bottom of the fifth when junior left fielder Chris Williams laced a two-out double off the fence in the left field gap that allowed Cooper Fouts to score all the way from first. The Red Raiders finally chased away starter Scott Vander Weg as Tech loaded the bases with two outs in the inning. Senior right fielder Madison Edwards gave his hometown plenty to cheer about as he crushed his first career grand slam over the fence in right field to give Tech its first lead of the game at 5-3. The home run was the first of the season for the Midland High School product and was the 14th home run of his career.
Senior Adam Fry (1-0) picked up his first win of the season as he tossed five scoreless innings of relief allowing just three hits and struckout six. His six strikeouts tied a career-high that he set last season against Nebraska on April 10. Scott Vander Weg was saddled with the loss for Lamar as he surrendered four earned runs on three hits in 4 2/3 innings of work.
Texas Tech continues play in the 2005 Rockhounds College Classic on Sunday as the Red Raiders will take on UTSA at Noon and New Mexico State at 3 p.m.
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