Baseball Beats Texas A&M
Feb. 28, 1998
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Junior Kevin Jordan's RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning broke a 5-5 tie in top of the 10th inning and a lineout double play by second baseman Keith Ginter helped give Texas Tech a 6-5 extra inning victory Saturday before 4,649 fans at Texas A&M in College Station. The victory was Texas Tech's first Big 12 Conference win and improved the Red Raiders to 11-6 overall and 1-1 in conference play. Texas A&M dropped to 12-3 overall and 1-1 in the conference.
The game was the second of a three-game weekend series to begin Big 12 play.
Texas A&M came back from a 5-3 deficit with a run in the fifth inning and a run in the eighth inning. An eighth inning RBI single by John Scheschuk tied the game. With two outs in the ninth inning and catcher Scott Sandusky on second base, the Aggies had a chance to win the game when Steve Scarborough drove a 1-1 pitch into right field for a single. Tech rightfielder Miles Durham picked up the ball and gunned down Sandusky at home for the inning's third out. That play sent the game into extra innings.
Two Texas Tech singles by Jason Landreth and Josh Bard put runners at first and third with no outs in the top of the 10th inning for Jordan. Jordan calmly lined a 3-2 pitch through the gap between second and first base for his game winning RBI single. On the next play, Texas A&M turned a triple play on a Junior Rodriguez fly ball to get out of the inning. Jordan was 1-28 in his last 28 at-bats and 1-32 in his last 32 plate appearances. During that period, his batting average dropped almost .150 points. The junior from Midland, Texas had been hitting the ball hard and consistently but right at opposing defenders.
Texas A&M threatened in the bottom of the 10th inning as it put two runners on on a single by Jason Tyner and a walk to Steve Truitt. Tech reliever Brad Ralston struck out the following batter and John Scheschuk lined into a double play to Tech second baseman Keith Ginter who dove to catch the line drive and threw to first to pick off Truitt.
Texas Tech reliever Brad Ralston (3-1) earned the victory in relief of starter Monty Ward. Ralston pitched the final three innings, allowed three hits and no runs, walked one and struck out four batters for the victory. Ward fanned 11 batters, allowed seven hits and four runs (all earned) in seven innings of work.
Texas A&M reliever Courtney Weller (0-2) earned the loss in relief of starter Casey Fossum.
Bard had the big day for Texas Tech as the sophomore catcher hit his fourth home run of the season, belted out two doubles and finished 4-5 with two RBI. Landreth added a 2-5 performance.
LINESCORE R H E Texas Tech 002 300 000 1 6 10 1 Texas A&M 012 010 010 0 5 11 4
TTU: Ward, Stewart (8) and Ralston (8) and Bard. A&M: Fossum and Weller (9) and Sandusky.