March 21, 2010
Final Stats |
Notes | Postgame
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -
Texas Tech erupted for six runs in the fifth and five more in the sixth and went on to defeat No. 23 Texas A&M 13-7 and salvaged the third and final game of this series on Sunday afternoon at Olsen Field.
Texas Tech snaps its seven-game losing streak as the Red Raiders improve to 9-12 overall grab their first Big 12 win and now stand at 1-2 in league action. Texas A&M falls to 15-3 and to 2-1 in Big 12 play.
Texas A&M's Broadie Greene went back to his old tricks in the bottom of the first when he hit a two-out double to left and Joe Patterson brought him home with a RBI double of his own to left and that gave the Aggies an early 1-0 lead. The run was A&M's seventh consecutive with two outs.
The Red Raiders vented two week's worth of offensive frustration in the top of the sixth inning as Tech plated six runs in the frame to grab a 6-1 lead. Senior shortstop Joey Kenworthy was responsible for the first run of the day for Tech as he drew a bases loaded walk. Senior left fielder Michael Reed then beat out an infield grounder and that gave Tech its first lead of the afternoon at 2-1 and kept the bases loaded for freshman first baseman Barrett Barnes. Barnes then came up with a huge bases-clearing three RBI triple to center that pushed Tech's lead to 5-1. Tech wasn't done yet as LeJeune then brought home Barnes from third with a single to center.
Texas Tech kept pouring on the runs in the top of the sixth and this time it was the Red Raiders scoring with two outs. Tech pounded out five runs on four hits including a pair of two RBI doubles by Kenworthy and LeJeune. The outburst gave Tech an 11-2 lead.
Texas A&M plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth and had the bases loaded but Tech starter Chad Bettis was able to get out of the jam with a strikeout and a fly ball to center.
A two-out, two run fielding error by Tech left fielder Scott LeJeune led to two more A&M runs in the bottom of the seventh as they closed the gap to five runs at 11-6.
Taylor Ashby got the two runs back that Tech gave away in the seventh with a two-RBI single in the top of the eighth that pushed the Red Raider lead back to seven runs at 13-6.
Texas Tech returns to action on Tuesday evening when the Red Raiders open up a two-game homestand against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. First pitch at Dan Law Field is set for 6:30 p.m.