Win Streak Grows To Four As Tech Pounds No. 8 Texas

John Neely earned his second win of the season in Tech's 12-5 win over No. 8 Texas.

John Neely earned his second win of the season in Tech's 12-5 win over No. 8 Texas.

March 26, 2010

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LUBBOCK, Texas - Five different players drove in two runs each and Texas Tech got strong pitching from John Neely and Jay Johnson as the Red Raiders dealt No. 8 Texas a 12-5 loss in this Big 12 series opener in front of 3,824 fans at Dan Law Field.

The win pushes Tech's win streak to four games as the Red Raiders are back at .500 overall at 12-12 and in the Big 12 at 2-2. Texas falls to 16-6 on the season and to 2-2 in conference play.

The Red Raiders wasted no time jumping out to the early lead in the bottom of the first as freshman Barrett Barnes stroked a two-run home run over the fence in left-center field. The home run gave the Red Raiders a 2-0 lead and it marked the 15th time this season that Tech had scored in the first inning.

After Neely put up another zero in the top of the second, the Red Raider bats went back to work as Tech catcher Jeremy Mayo reached on a leadoff walk and designated hitter Kevin Whitehead drove him home with a double to the gap in right-center. Freshman second baseman Jamodrick McGruder then hit another big blow off Texas starter Taylor Jungmann when he laced a two-run home run over the wall in left field. McGruder's home run was his second of the year and staked the Red Raiders to a 5-0 lead.

Texas got on the board in the top of the fourth when Kevin Keyes led off the inning with a solo home run to cut the Tech lead to four runs (5-1).

Texas Tech plated two runs in the fifth and one more in the sixth to take an 8-1 lead into the seventh inning.

In the eighth, the Red Raiders put the game away with a four-run outburst on three hits and took advantage of two Texas errors. Pinch hitter Stephen Hagen drove in two of the four runs with a double to right.

Neely picked up the win after allowing just one run on seven hits over five innings of work. Jungmann was saddled with the loss of the Longhorns as he surrendered a career-high eight runs on seven hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings.

Texas Tech will look to claim the series with the Longhorns on Saturday evening when the two teams meet for game two at Dan Law Field. First pitch has been moved to 6:30 p.m. due to forecasted inclement weather and the Dan Law Field ticket office will open at 4:30 p.m.




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