Tech Avoids Sweep With 9-3 Win Over No. 22 A&M
March 16, 2008
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - After failing to find the timely hits in the first two games of the weekend, Texas Tech got the right hits at the right time in Sunday's 9-3 victory over Texas A&M in the series finale at Olsen Field.
With the win, the Red Raiders improve to 9-8, 1-2 in the Big 12, while the Aggies drop to 15-4, 2-1 in league play.
For the fifth consecutive game, the Red Raiders scored in the opening inning as Doug Thennis knocked in Chris Hall on a single through the left side. Three pitches later, Monk Kreder doubled to left to score Roger Kieschnick to give Tech an early 2-0 lead.
Thennis would provide the timely hitting again in the third inning, driving a 0-1 pitch to the right field wall to plate Roger Kieschnick, who began the inning with a bloop single over second. Following a walk to Kreder and Tanner Rindels being hit-by-a-pitch, designated hitter James Leverton hit a fly ball just over the head of second baseman Blake Stouffer to score both Thennis and Kreder.
Jason Seefeld would jump start the fourth inning, smashing a deep fly ball to right field, almost to the same location as Thennis' the inning before, to score Joey Kenworthy from first. The Red Raiders would load the bases right after off an intentional walk to Kieschnick, his second of the day, and a hit-by-pitch to Thennis. Tech would be unable to capitalize, though, as Kreder would strikeout and Tanner Rindels would pop out to third baseman Dane Carter in foul territory.
Tech starter Chad Bettis would keep the Aggie offense under control, allowing only one hit over his first four innings.
After a Kenworthy single to open the sixth inning, Kieschnick hit his Big 12-leading eighth home run of the season on a towering shot over the right field wall.
The Aggies found the scoreboard in the bottom half of the sixth on a Brooks Raley single to center field that plated Kyle Colligan. From there, Texas A&M would load the bases with one out, but Bettis was able to get a strikeout and groundout to end the inning.
Texas A&M would get runners on first and second with one out to begin the seventh inning, chasing Bettis for Zach Stewart. The Aggies would add another run off a bases loaded fielder's choice groundout by Raley.
The Aggies would get their final run off a Darby Brown home run in the ninth inning. The shot was Brown's third home run of the season.
Chad Bettis was the hero of the day for the Red Raiders as he held A&M to just two runs on seven hits and struckout five to improve to 3-0 on the year. Scott Migl (1-1) was charged with the loss for Texas A&M as he gave up four runs on five hits over 2 2/3 innings.
The Red Raiders travel to the Texas Coast Tuesday to face Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 7 p.m. Tech resumes conference play next week with the Texas Longhorns, beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday at Dan Law Field.