Baseball Defeats Texas in Wild and Windy Big 12 Game
Kevin Jordan hits three home runs for Red Raiders.
March 7, 1998
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech took advantage of 21 hits including three home runs from junior third baseman Kevin Jordan to defeat Texas Saturday at Dan Law Field. The victory improves Texas Tech to 13-7 (3-2 in Big 12 play) and dropped Texas to 8-10-1 overall (0-2 in Big 12 play). Game three of the three game Big 12 series is Sunday at 2 p.m. at Tech's Dan Law Field. The Red Raiders have never swept a Texas Longhorn baseball team in a three-game series in the 49-year history of the program.
Jordan hit three home runs in the game, his first three of the season. The junior transfer from Blinn Junior College who is originally from Midland, Texas (Lee H.S.), finished the game with a 5-6 hitting performance, three home runs, five RBI and four runs scored. His at-bats, hits, home runs and RBI were all career highs. Jordan's first two home runs (second inning and sixth inning) were hit over the 16-foot high fence in leftfield and his final shot in the eighth inning cleared the fence in rightfield. He also stole home on a double steal.
Texas Tech's Monty Ward (3-1) earned his third victory on the season after throwing 6 2/3 innings and allowing four runs (four earned). He struck out eight batters and walked six. Relievers Zach Stewart and Brad Ralston (1.2 IP- 4 strikeouts) combined to pitch the final 2 1/3 innings. Texas starter Jim Munroe (1-2) earned the loss in 2 1/3 innings after giving up five hits and four runs (three earned). He was one of four Texas pitchers in the game.
Texas Tech jumped on top with two runs in the second inning when Jordan hit his first home run and Junior Rodriguez scored on an error by the Texas pitcher. After Texas scored on an RBI double by Jason Cox, Tech answered with two more runs in the fourth when Jason Landreth scored on a passed ball and Kevin Jordan stole home on a double steal.
The Red Raiders added two more in the fifth inning when Miles Durham scored on an error by the Texas third baseman and Ryan Ruiz scored on an error by the Longhorn catcher. Tech put the game away in the sixth inning as the Red Raiders batted around their lineup and scored eight runs on nine hits highlighted by Jordan's second home run, a two RBI shot to leftfield.
Texas answered Tech's eight run inning with four of its own to pull within 14-6 as Mark Cridland hit a three-run home run of the right center field wall. Tech added three more runs over the final two innings.
After Jordan, Texas Tech had some outstanding performances at the plate. Mark Austry went 2-5 with a home run and double, Jason Landreth went 3-6 with three runs scored and an RBI, Josh Bard went 3-6 with an RBI, Keith Ginter went 1-4 with two RBI, Brennan Burns went 2-5 with two RBI, Miles Durham finished 3-5 with three runs scored, a triple and double, Junior Rodriguez went 2-5 with a run scored and Ryan Ruiz finished with three walks and three runs scored.
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UT: Munroe, Hale (3), Weaver (5), Kohlbach (7) and Johnson. TTU: Ward, Stewart (7) and Ralston (8) and Bard. WP: Ward (TTU) 3-1. LP: Munroe (UT) 1-2. Save: None. Doubles: UT- Cox (1), Richardson (4); TTU- Burns (7), Bard (7), Landreth (7), Austry (2), Durham (7). Triples: TTU- Durham (2). Home Runs: UT- Cridland (4); TTU- Jordan 3 (3), Austry (2). TOG: 3:30. Att: 4460.