Mistakes Prove Costly In 6-3 Loss To No. 23 Texas A&M|
March 19, 2010
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas Tech committed three errors that led to four unearned Texas A&M runs and that was the difference as the No. 23 Aggies held off the Red Raiders 6-3 on Friday night in the Big 12 opener in front of 4,006 fans at Olsen Field.
The loss is Tech's sixth consecutive and gives the Red Raiders an 8-10 overall record and a 0-1 mark in Big 12 Conference play. Texas A&M improves to 14-4 and to 1-0 in league action.
The story of the night was defensive miscues and a season-high 15 strikeouts by the Tech offense. A&M scored two unearned runs in the second and one each in the sixth and seventh as Tech committed single errors in each of those frames. A&M right-hander Barrett Loux struckout 10 Tech hitters over 5 2/3 innings while closer John Stilson struckout five over the final 3 1/3.
The Red Raiders quickly jumped out to an early lead when freshman right fielder Jamodrick McGruder led off the game with a single to right and senior shortstop Joey Kenworthy followed him with a two-run home run to right-center that put Tech up 2-0 after a half inning.
The Aggies got on the board in the bottom of the second with an RBI single from left fielder Joaquin Hinojosa that cut the Tech lead to 2-1. A throwing error by Kenworthy with two outs prolonged the inning and A&M shortstop Broadie Greene took advantage and drilled a two-run single into left that plated two runs and gave the Aggies a 3-2 lead. The two runs were unearned and the Aggies never relinquished the lead.
A&M scored single runs in the third, sixth and seventh innings to build a 6-2 lead heading into the ninth.
In the ninth, sophomore designated hitter Scott LeJeune led off the frame with a double to right and two outs later pinch hitter Kevin Whitehead drove him in with a single to center. The RBI single by Whitehead could have been the go-ahead run for the Red Raiders if not for allowing the four unearned runs.
Junior RHP John Neely was saddled with the loss for Tech after allowing four runs (two earned) on eight hits while striking out four over three innings of work. Barrett Loux took the win for the Aggies by limiting Tech to two runs on four hits over 5 2/3 innings. John Stilson earned his third save.
Texas Tech will look to even up this three-game series tomorrow evening when the two teams meet for a 6:35 p.m. first pitch. The game was moved back from its original start time of 2:05 due to impending inclement weather.