Redman's Walk-Off Single Gives Tech 6-5 Win Over Islanders|
March 13, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - Junior Reid Redman completed Texas Tech's come-from-behind victory with a single up the middle with the bases loaded in the ninth inning for a 6-5 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Sunday afternoon at Dan Law Field.
Texas Tech (11-6) has won three of its last four and captured its first come-from-behind win when trailing after eight innings since April 11, 2010. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (11-7) dropped its second game of the day after losing 10-9 against Iowa.
The game was at a standstill for six innings as both starting pitchers cruised into the seventh inning with the score knotted at 0-0.
The Islanders scored three runs in the seventh to chase Tech starter Robbie Kilcrease, who made an impressive start going 6.2 innings allowing three runs on seven hits with four strikeouts in the no-decision. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi starter Ian Campbell went 6.1 innings allowing four runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts and issued two walks.
The Red Raiders immediately tied the game and then took the lead in the bottom half of the seventh. Stephen Hagen's bases-clearing double to right-center field tied the game at three, and a batter later pinch-hitter Bo Altobelli drove in Hagen with a single up the middle to give Tech a 4-3 advantage.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi scored two runs in the eighth to take a 5-4 lead on Matt Holland's two-run double to left-center field.
The Red Raiders won the game in the ninth after four Islander pitchers combined loaded the bases on two walks and a hit-by-pitch. Then the game-tying run score on Altobelli's hit-by-pitch before Redman singled up the middle off reliever Roland Botello to end the game.
Every Tech starter had a base hit in the game, yet no Tech player finished with a multi-hit game.
Freshman David Paiz, the starting designated hitter, finished the game on the mound for the Red Raiders while earning his third win (3-0) as he retired all five batters he faced in 1.2 innings with two strikeouts.
Texas Tech will take Monday off before completing play at the Texas Tech Invitational against the Islanders on Tuesday, March 15, with a 1 p.m. first-pitch at Dan Law Field.