Texas Tech Wins Series Opener 8-3 Over UT Arlington
March 8, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech scored eight runs on 10 hits from the sixth to eighth inning while coming from behind and defeating UT Arlington 8-3 in the first game of its three-game series at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
The Red Raiders (9-6) trailed the Mavericks 3-0 after five innings, but answered with five runs in the sixth, a run in the seventh and two in the eighth. Tech's victory was sparked by five runs scored with two outs and also with four Tech relievers combining for four shutout innings.
Freshman right-handed pitcher Matt Custred (1-0) earned his first career win pitching a scoreless inning in the sixth. UT Arlington (8-5) reliever Chad Nack (2-2) took the loss allowing five runs on three hits with two walks while allowing all of the Red Raiders runs in the sixth inning.
Sophomore center fielder Brett Bell went 4-for-5 with two runs, a double, RBI and stolen base while junior third baseman Jake Barrios went 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI to lead the Red Raiders at the plate.
UT Arlington scored three runs on three hits in the fifth inning to take the lead midway through the game. Mavericks starting pitcher Brad Vachon held the Red Raiders to just one hit through five innings before Tech broke through with five runs in the sixth.
Tech sent nine batters to the plate in the sixth while four base hits (one double) and two walks led to the Red Raiders second five-run inning in as many games.
First baseman Blake Bass entered the game in the seventh inning and added a run for the Red Raiders with a sacrifice fly in the seventh while driving in Bell who singled to center field to leadoff the frame.
In addition, the Red Raiders defense turned three double plays in the game - marking the second time this season with three double plays and the seventh straight game with at least one twin-killing. Tech leads the Big 12 with 23 double plays this season.
Texas Tech and UT Arlington will continue its three-game series on Saturday, March 9 with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch for game two at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park in Lubbock.