Tech Drops Series Opener To Baylor, 5-1|
March 23, 2007
WACO, Texas - Baylor erased an early deficit with a four-run fourth inning and went on take a 5-1 win over Texas Tech in the series opener on Friday night at Baylor Ballpark.
The loss drops Texas Tech to 17-9 on the season and 2-2 in the Big 12 while Baylor improves to 14-10 and 1-3 in league play.
Texas Tech had plenty of trouble with Baylor starter Jeff Mandel over the first three innings but senior shortstop Kyle Martin gave the Red Raiders a lift on the first pitch of the fourth inning. Martin delivered a fastball over the fence in left center field for his eighth home run of the season and gave the Red Raiders an early 1-0 lead.
Tech's lead didn't last long as Baylor third baseman Seth Hammock led off the bottom half of the fourth with a double to right field. Designated hitter Dustin Dickerson moved Hammock to third with a single to center and Matt Sodolak tied the game for Baylor with a single through the left side. The Bears grabbed a 4-1 lead thanks to some clutch hitting by Raynor Campbell and Beamer Weems.
Hammock gave the Bears a four-run cushion with a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth. The long ball was his second of the season.
Colt Hynes (2-2) was charged with the loss for Texas Tech after giving up four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. He surrendered five hits, walked two batters and struckout two in his shortest start of the season. Jeff Mandel earned the win for Baylor after logging 6 2/3 innings and gave up just one run on six hits and finished with eight strikeouts.
Texas Tech will try and even the series on Saturday evening when the two teams meet for game-two of this series. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.