Tech Pounds No. 10 Texas A&M, 14-5
March 28, 2004
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Josh Brady went 4-for-5 with four RBI and Texas Tech scored the most runs at Olsen Field in school history as the Red Raiders defeated No. 10 Texas A&M on Sunday afternoon 14-5 in front of a crowd of 5,028.
Texas Tech (17-9; 1-2) took its first lead of the series as the Red Raiders put up two runs in the top of the first thanks to a two-run home run from Josh Brady. A&M starter Justin Moore put Michael Mask on first base after hitting him in the back with a 2-2 count and then Josh Brady delivered the two-run shot that bounced off a billboard in left-center field.
Texas Tech pushed its lead to 6-0 as the Red Raiders scored four more runs off of Moore in the top of the second. Junior designated hitter Dallas Braden led off the frame with a single to center and later scored on a double by second baseman Cameron Blair. Junior left fielder Michael Mask plated Blair from third with a sacrifice fly to left and Josh Brady scored Jose Delgado with a single to left. Delgado reached on an infield single that went off the foot of Aggie first baseman Coby Mavroulis.
Texas A&M (23-6; 3-3) picked up an unearned run in the bottom of the second as Craig Stinson laced a single to left field but it was misplayed by Mask and that allowed Cory Patton to score all the way from first. Patton led off the inning with a walk from Tech starter Michael McGowan.
Tech pushed its lead to 9-1 in the top of the third as the Red Raiders plated three more runs on three hits and a hit batter. Cameron Blair and Jose Delgado each picked up RBI singles while Blair scored on a balk by Aggie reliever Kyle Marlatt.
Texas A&M pulled to within six in the bottom of the third as Erik Schindewolf hit a two-run home run over the right field fence.
Texas Tech tacked on two more runs in the top of the sixth with two outs as Dallas Braden continued his big day at the plate with a triple down the right field line that scored Madison Edwards from first. The triple was Braden's third hit of the afternoon and first of the season. Cody Fuller picked up his first hit since the game against Air Force on March 7 as he doubled to left field allowing Braden to score from third.
The Red Raiders plated two more runs in the top of the seventh as Tech got the bases loaded and picked up a sacrifice fly from Brady and RBI groundout by Haney. The Aggies kept the game from ending in a run rule after the seventh as Tech reliever Steve Gooch walked in Brian Bowe making the score 13-4.
Corey Gerstner earned the win for Texas Tech as he allowed just one hit and one earned run in 4 1/3 innings of relief. Justin Moore suffered the loss for A&M as he allowed six earned runs on six hits in just 1 2/3 innings.
Texas Tech returns to action on Friday night as the Red Raiders will host top-ranked Texas in a three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Dan Law Field. Tickets are available and can be purchased through the Texas Tech Athletic Ticket Office.
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