Clutch Hitting Gives Tech A Series Win Over Nebraska
March 15, 2009
Texas Tech scored all 10 of its runs with two outs, including a pair of home runs from sophomore catcher Jeremy Mayo, and cruised to a 10-3 series-clinching win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Sunday afternoon at Dan Law Field.
The win gives the Red Raiders an 8-10 overall record and a 2-1 mark in Big 12 Conference play while Nebraska drops to 11-5-1 overall and to 1-2 in the league.
Nebraska jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Tyler Farst drove in Nick Belfonte with an RBI single. The run was the first given up this season by senior right-hander AJ Ramos. Belfonte reached on a one-out single and moved into scoring position when Ramos hit Husker right fielder Adam Bailey.
The Huskers staked a 2-0 lead in the top of the third when Farst drove in his second run of the game, this time with a single up the middle that scored Bailey. Bailey reached on a one-out single and stole second to set up Farst's second RBI of the game.
With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, the Red Raider offense came to life. Head coach Dan Spencer pulled junior Logan Leslie off the bench to pinch hit for Mason Macnoll, with two outs and Scott LeJuene standing on second. Leslie answered the charge with an RBI double that bounced off the wall in right field to give the Red Raiders their first run of the game. Sophomore catcher Jeremy Mayo gave the Red Raiders their first lead of the day when he blasted a two-run home run over the left field fence. Senior first baseman Chris Richburg rounded out the inning with a bases-loaded, two-RBI single to right center field that gave Tech a 5-2 lead.
Nebraska's Adam Bailey would score what would turn out to be the final run of the day for the Huskers with a leadoff home run in the top of the fifth to make the score 5-3.
In the fifth, Mayo connected on his second-straight home run when he hit a towering blow over the wall in left-center field to give the Red Raiders a 7-3 lead. The home run established a new career high of four RBIs.
Tech would tack on two more runs in the sixth and one in the seventh to extend its lead to seven runs.
Sophomore right-hander Chad Bettis (2-0) picked up the win in relief of AJ Ramos as he went 4 1/3 innings allowing just three hits, two walks and struckout four. Michael Mariot (1-1) suffered the loss for Nebraska after giving up five runs on six hits over 3 2/3 innings.
Texas Tech will hit the road once again as the Red Raiders head down south for a two-game midweek series against the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders at Whataburger Field. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. on both Tuesday and Wednesday.
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