Milton Pitches Texas Tech Past Air Force 8-4
March 5, 2004
LUBBOCK, Texas - Junior right-hander John Milton struckout four and gave up just four hits in seven innings of work to lead Texas Tech to an 8-4 win over the Air Force Falcons on Friday afternoon at Dan Law Field.
Air Force (4-5) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as centerfielder Josh Wolfram led off the game with a single and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Mike Rose. Falcon shortstop Nathan DeRohan picked up a one-out double in the inning to set up Wolfram's scoring opportunity.
Texas Tech (9-4) tied the game in the bottom of the third when centerfielder Michael Mask scored Cameron Blair on an RBI single. Blair put himself in scoring position when he reached on a double down the left field line and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from Jose Delgado.
The Red Raiders took their first lead of the game in the bottom half of the fourth on an RBI double from designated hitter Ryan Andrews. Andrews' double scored Josh Haney who was hit by the first pitch of the inning. Tech pushed its lead to 3-1 after a throwing error by Air Force first baseman Travis Fugler allowed Ryan Andrews from second. Fugler was attempting to throw out Andrews who was moving to third after Madison Edwards grounded out to first base.
Tech extended its lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the sixth when Josh Brady led off the inning with a single then stole second and later scored on wild pitch by Clayton Couch.
The game entered into a 45-minute rain delay in the bottom of the seventh and both teams were forced to change pitchers when the game resumed. Tech ended scoring three runs after the delay came to an end and the inning was highlighted by a two-run home run by first baseman Josh Brady.
Air Force jumped on Tech reliever Blake Renner in the top of the eighth as Renner gave up two hits and walked two before being replaced by Barrett Pliler. Pliler retired three of the four batters he faced but the Falcons were able to score three in the inning to make the score 7-4.
Texas Tech was scheduled to play Harvard at 6:30 p.m. but heavy rains have forced a postponement. Tech will now play Harvard in a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.
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