Tech Falls To Texas A&M 7-5 In Sunday Finale|
March 20, 2005
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas A&M junior shortstop Cliff Pennington went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI to lead the eighth-ranked Aggies to a 7-5 win over No. 24 Texas Tech on Sunday afternoon in front of 4,483 fans at Dan Law Field.
Texas A&M (17-7; 1-2) avoided a three-game sweep with today's win as Tech took the first two games of this Big 12 opening series by scores of 13-1 and 1-0. The loss dropped Texas Tech to 17-6 overall and 2-1 in the Big 12.
The Aggies took a 5-0 lead in the game before Texas Tech was able to plate a run in the bottom of the sixth. The Aggies rocked Tech starter Adam Lawford for three earned runs on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings including back-to-back home runs in the third.
Texas Tech pulled to within two in the bottom of the sixth as the Red Raiders punched out three hits and drew three walks. Senior shortstop Cameron Blair put Tech on the board first as he led off the inning with a solo home run over the left field fence.
Texas A&M plated the game winning run in the top of the seventh when Andrew Baldwin laced an RBI single to left field off Tech closer Tanner McElroy. The Red Raiders added two more runs in the bottom of the eighth and went away quietly in the ninth.
Texas A&M freshman right-hander Chance Corgan (2-0) earned the win as he allowed two earned runs on five hits over five innings. Clayton Turner picked up his first save by retiring six of the final seven Tech batters.
Texas Tech returns to Big 12 action this weekend as the Red Raiders will travel to Austin for another battle against another team in the Top 10. The Red Raider and Longhorns open the three-game series on Thursday and will conclude on Saturday due to the Easter holiday. First pitch on Thursday night at Disch-Falk Field is set for 6:15 p.m.