No. 4 Texas Clinches Series With 8-7 Win Over Texas Tech
March 25, 2005
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas closer J. Brent Cox held off a late Red Raider rally to give the fourth-ranked Longhorns an 8-7 win over No. 19 Texas Tech on Friday afternoon in front of 6,069 fans at Disch-Falk Field in Austin.
The loss drops Texas Tech to 17-8 overall and 2-3 in Big 12 play while Texas clinches the series and improves to 23-4 and 2-3 in league play.
Texas stormed out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning as the Longhorns plated all three runs with two outs. A hard hit ground ball deep into the hole at shortstop allowed Caron Kainer to reach safely and Taylor Teagarden to score from third. Tegarden led off the inning with a double to gap in left center field. Third baseman David Maroul gave Texas a 3-0 lead when he belted a 1-0 fastball over the left field fence giving him his first home run of the season.
A fielding error by Seth Johnston gave Texas a runner at first and with two outs in the third inning first baseman Chance Wheeless hit a two-run homer to give the Longhorns a 5-0 lead.
Texas pushed its lead to 6-0 in the bottom of the first when David Maroul led off the frame with a triple to left-center and then scored on a deep sacrifice fly by Calvin Beamon.
Senior shortstop Cameron Blair gave the Red Raiders their first run of the game when he hit an RBI through the left side that scored Cody Fuller from second. Tech tacked on another run in the inning when Carey Avants scored on a wild pitch by Texas starter Kyle McCulloch and that made the score 7-2.
Texas answered the Tech scoring in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI single by Seth Johnston that pushed the Longhorn lead to 8-2.
The Red Raiders got two pinch hit singles from freshmen Josh Wilson and Matt Smith and that set up an RBI single by Fuller that pulled Tech to within five at 8-3. Cameron Blair put the Red Raiders back into the game when he belted a grand slam home run on the first offering from reliever Clayton Stewart. The grand slam was his third of the season and the sixth of his career.
Texas Tech got two runners on in the top of the eighth but closer J. Brent Cox ended the scoring threat with a strikeout and then retired the Tech lineup in order in the ninth to earn his sixth save of the season. Kyle McCulloch (5-2) picked up the win for Texas as he pitched 6 2/3 innings allowing five earned runs on seven hits and struckout three.
Texas Tech will try to avoid a series sweep as the two teams will complete the three-game series on Saturday. First pitch at Disch-Falk Field is set for 1 p.m.
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