No. 24 Texas Tech Wallops No. 8 Texas A&M 13-1|
March 18, 2005
LUBBOCK, Texas - Junior right-hander Billy Carnline threw seven shutout innings and scattered five hits leading No. 24 Texas Tech to a 13-1 win over No. 8 Texas A&M in the Big 12 Conference opener on Friday night at Dan Law Field.
The win gives Texas Tech (16-5) its first victory in a Big 12 opener since the 1999 season when Tech defeated Kansas 8-1 on Feb. 26. The 13-1 loss was the worst suffered by the Aggies since falling to Arizona 17-1 during the 2003 season.
Senior shortstop Cameron Blair gave the Red Raiders a lead they would never relinquish when he belted a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. The home run was his sixth of the season.
The Red Raiders blew the game wide open in the bottom of the fourth as Tech plated five runs on three hits and took advantage of three walks and hit-by-pitch. Tech chased away pre-season All-American Jason Meyer in the frame after allowing seven earned runs on five hits in 3 1/3 innings. The loss was the first of the season for Meyer and he fell to 5-1.
The Tech offense exploded for five more runs in the bottom of the sixth to push the lead to 12-0. Tech punched out five hits in the inning including a two-RBI single by junior designated hitter Brian Capps.
Texas A&M scored an unearned run in the top of the eighth as two Tech fielding errors prevented the shutout.
Junior right-hander Billy Carnline (4-0) was spectacular on the night for the Red Raiders as he pitched a career-high 7 2/3 innings scattering five hits while striking out four. Junior Carey Avants and Joseph Callender led the Tech offense as each had three hits and two RBI.
Texas Tech and Texas A&M continue the three-game series on Saturday afternoon at Dan Law Field. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.