Thomas, Hargrove Lead No. 25 Texas Tech Past Missouri 5-3|
April 3, 2005
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Junior right fielder Brent Thomas went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and Carleton Hargrove pitched three shutout innings of relief to give No. 25 Texas Tech a 5-3 win over Missouri in the series finale at Taylor Stadium.
The win snaps a five-game Big 12 losing streak for Tech as the Red Raiders improve to 3-5 in league play and now stand at 19-10 overall. The Tech win also snapped a 15-game win streak by Missouri as they fell to 23-5 and 5-1 in league play.
For the first time this weekend, the Red Raiders got a lead as Tech tacked on two runs in the top of the third inning. Junior right fielder Brent Thomas led things off with a double down the left field line. Senior catcher Cooper Fouts moved Thomas to third with a sacrifice bunt and Thomas then scored on a wild pitch by Misosuri hurler Doug Mathis. Senior center fielder Cody Fuller reached on a fielding error and moved to second on a balk and that set up an RBI single for junior left fielder Brian Capps that gave Tech the 2-0 lead.
Missouri scored its first run of the game with two outs in the bottom of the fourth. Center fielder James Boone led off the frame with a double to the gap in left and catcher J.C. Fields scored him with an RBI single up the middle.
The Tigers took the lead 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth as Mizzou tied the game on an infield single and went ahead on a fielding error by Tech shortstop Cameron Blair. The Missouri rally came with two outs in the inning.
Tech came right back in the top of the seventh to tie the game as Fouts hit an RBI groundout to second that scored Chris Williams from third. Williams, who replaced Josh Wilson as the designated hitter, led off with a single up the middle and moved to second with his 17th stolen bases of the season.
Tech regained the lead in the top of the eighth when junior third baseman Joey Callender laced an RBI single up the middle that scored Blair from second. Blair reached on a one-out single and moved into scoring position with his 12th stolen base of the year.
Brent Thomas pushed the lead to 5-3 when he led off the top of the ninth with a solo home run that bounced in the Missouri bullpen in left field. The home run was his first of the season and was his season-high third hit of the game.
Texas Tech opens a short four-game homestand on Wednesday afternoon as the Red Raiders have added a game with Angelo State University at 3 p.m. Tech then opens a three-game Big 12 series against Oklahoma State on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. For ticket information, please contact the Texas Tech Athletics Ticket Office at (806) 742-TECH or online at www.texastech.com.