Eighth-Inning Homer Lifts No. 5 Texas A&M Over Texas tech
April 9, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - An eighth-inning three-run homer by Adam Smith gave No. 5 Texas A&M a 5-4 victory over Texas Tech in front of 3,381 fans at Dan Law Field Saturday evening.
With the score knotted at two, Smith sent an 0-2 offering from Texas Tech (20-12, 5-6 BIG 12) junior Brennan Stewart over the left-field wall to give the Aggies (23-8, 8-3 BIG 12) a 5-2 advantage in the top of the eighth inning.
Aggies closer Joaquin Hinojosa allowed Tech lead-off hitter Jamodrick McGruder to reach base with a hit-by-pitch (McGruder's 17th of the season) with two outs in the ninth, but immediately ended the scoring threat by getting designated hitter Nick Popescu to fly out to left field to end the game.
Texas Tech freshman starting pitcher Trey Masek made his second longest start of the season pitching 6.1 innings allowing two runs on six hits with two strikeouts and issued two walks. Aggies reliever Brandon Parrent (1-2) earned his first win of the season pitching 0.1 inning allowing one run and a walk. Hinojosa recorded his eighth save of the season pitching 1.2 innings.
The Red Raiders finished with four base hits, as McGruder (1-for-2), Hagen (1-for-3, 2 RBI), Paiz (1-for-4) and Redman (1-for-3) were the only Tech players with a base hit.
Texas Tech did record a season-high six stolen bases, the most by the Red Raiders since also notching six stolen bases on Opening Day in 2009 against Southern Utah.
The series finale between the Aggies and Red Raiders is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. at Dan Law Field.