Tech Snaps Losing Skid With 4-2 Win Over No. 8 Texas|
March 28, 2009
LUBBOCK, Texas - Chris Richburg hit a three-run home run, his ninth, while AJ Ramos and Chad Bettis combined for eight shutout innings to lead the Texas Tech Red Raiders to a 4-2 win over No. 8 Texas on Saturday afternoon in front of 6,741 fans at UFCU Disch Falk Field.
The win snaps a two-game losing streak by the Red Raiders (11-16; 4-4 Big 12) and evens this series up at 1-1. Texas Tech will try to steal the series tomorrow afternoon as the two teams meet at 1 p.m.
Senior first baseman Chris Richburg put the Red Raiders in control of the ballgame with his ninth home run of the season. Richburg's blast came with two outs in the top of the third, with two runners on base and gave the Red Raiders a 3-2 lead. Junior shortstop Joey Kenworthy kept Tech alive in the inning with a two-out single and then Texas starter Brandon Workman put Michael Reed onboard with a hit-by-pitch. Richburg then delivered an opposite field, three-run blast (on a 1-0 count) over the fence in right-center field.
Another clutch two-out hit in the top of the fourth gave the Red Raiders a 4-2 advantage. Freshman left fielder Garrett Totten drove a two-out double to the gap in left center field and sophomore catcher Jeremy Mayo drove him home with an RBI single to right. The double by Totten was the first of his career.
From that point forward, the game was taken over by starter AJ Ramos and sophomore reliever Chad Bettis. After giving up the two runs in the first, Ramos settled down and hurled five shutout frames before handing the ball over to Bettis in the seventh. Bettis answered the charge and tossed three shutout innings of his own to pick up his third save of the year.
Texas Tech fell behind early as the Longhorns jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. A leadoff walk, a double by Brandon Belt and a two-RBI single from Cameron Rupp gave the Longhorns the early advantage.
Ramos improved to 3-1 on the season while recording his first career win against the Longhorns. Brandon Workman (2-2) took the loss for Texas after giving up all four runs on six hits and lasted just four innings.