No. 4 Texas Drops Texas Tech 7-3 In Series Opener|
March 24, 2005
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas second baseman Robby Hudson went 2-for-4 with two RBI and Randy Boone pitched a career-high seven innings to lead the fourth-ranked Longhorns to a 7-3 win over No. 19 Texas Tech in the series opener at Disch-Falk Field on Friday night.
The loss dropped Texas Tech to 17-7 overall and 2-2 in Big 12 Conference play while Texas improved to 22-4 and 1-3 in league play.
Texas jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when left fielder Thomas Incaviglia laced a two-out RBI single to center that plated Seth Johnston. Johnston reached on a one-out single and moved into scoring position thanks to a wild pitch by Tech starter Billy Carnline.
The Longhorns plated three runs in the second and third innings to take a commanding 7-0 lead. Texas chased away Carnline in the second after lasting just 1 1/3 innings. Carnline surrendered four runs on five hits in what was his shortest start of the season.
Texas Tech finally scratched out a run in the top of the fourth when junior third baseman Joey Callender plated a run with a fielder's choice RBI. Callender plated shortstop Cameron Blair who reached on a leadoff single and moved to third on a hit-and-run by second baseman Brian Capps.
The Longhorns threatened to run away with the game in the bottom of the fifth as Texas loaded the bases with no outs and chased away reliever Randy Gattis. Tech brought Fielding Lewis out of the bullpen for just his second appearance of the season and with a couple of big plays he was able to get the Raiders out unscathed. A shallow infield chopper by Davio Maroul allowed Callender to throw out Chance Wheeless at home and Robby Hudson grounded into a double play in the next at-bat to end the inning.
The Red Raiders tacked on another run in the top of the sixth on an infield RBI single by Callender that plated Blair who reached on an RBI single to lead off the frame.
Senior center fielder Cody Fuller earned the 100th RBI of his career in the top of the ninth when he laced an RBI single through the right side to make the score 7-3.
Randy Boone (4-1) earned the win for Texas as he tossed a career-high seven innings allowing just two runs on seven hits while striking out seven.
Texas Tech and Texas resume the series on Friday afternoon here in Austin with first pitch coming at 2:30 p.m.