Red Raiders Claim Series Win Over No. 11 Texas A&M|
April 5, 2009
LUBBOCK, Texas - Scott LeJeune and Jeremy Mayo drove in three runs each and Miles Morgan logged six strong innings to lead the Texas Tech Red Raiders to a 10-6 series-clinching win over No. 11 Texas A&M on Sunday afternoon at Dan Law Field.
The win moves Texas Tech to .500 in Big 12 play at 6-6 while the Red Raiders stand at 14-19 overall. The loss drops Texas A&M to 20-11 and to 7-5 in league play. Texas Tech, standing at .500 in league play for the first time since 2006, will head to Oklahoma next weekend tied for fifth place in the league standings with Texas.
Texas A&M had jumped out to first inning leads in the first two games of this series but it was the Red Raiders that struck first in this all-important rubber match. Senior first baseman Chris Richburg was hit by A&M starter Barrett Loux with two outs in the bottom of the first. Freshman designated hitter Scott LeJeune made Loux pay for his mistake by blasting a two-run home run over the fence in left-center field.
With a 2-0 lead in the second, the Red Raiders jumped ahead 7-0 thanks to a five-run outburst. Freshman third baseman Justin Berry led off the inning with a triple down the left field line and then Jeremy Mayo gave Tech a four-run cushion with a two-run home run to right-center. LeJeune drove in his third and final run of the game with a double to right and Taylor Ashby followed up with a two-run single.
Texas A&M scored single runs in the third and fourth innings to pull with five but Tech got an RBI single from Joey Kenworthy in the sixth to give the Red Raiders an 8-2 advantage.
Miles Morgan, who turned in one of his better outings of the year, was replaced by sophomore closer Chad Bettis in the seventh and he held on for his sixth save of the season. The Aggies scored two runs in the eighth and ninth but a two-run outburst by Tech in the bottom of the eighth sealed the win.
Morgan (2-4) picked up his first win since opening weekend by holding the Aggies to two runs on five hits over six innings and struckout two. Bettis earned his sixth save of the year and his fourth in Big 12 play by holding the Aggies to four runs on five hits over three innings of work. He worked three innings on Friday night and earned a save in Tech's 4-3 win over the Aggies.
Texas Tech returns to action on Tuesday afternoon when the Red Raiders make the short trip down CitiBank Ballpark in Midland. The Red Raiders will face the UTSA Roadrunners in as doubleheader beginning at 3:30 p.m.