Raiders Drop College of the Southwest 11-4
April 27, 2005
LUBBOCK, Texas - Junior right fielder Brent Thomas went 3-for-5 with three RBI to lead Texas Tech past College of the Southwest 11-4 on Wednesday afternoon at Dan Law Field.
Texas Tech (27-14) took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning as College of the Southwest's Neil Hayes was unable to find the strike zone. Hayes walked three batters and hit one to score the first two runs while right fielder Brent Thomas plated the third with an RBI single.
Tech reliever Randy Gattis struggled in the third and fourth innings as he allowed all four of the Mustangs runs. Gattis gave up three earned runs on three hits while adding a walk and a hit batter.
Trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth, Texas Tech went to work as the Red Raiders plated two runs to take 5-4 lead. The game winning RBI turned out to be a bases-loaded hit batter as senior shortstop Cameron Blair took one off his left wrist and that allowed Thomas to score from third.
Texas Tech padded its lead with six runs over the next two innings including a four-run seventh.
Brent Thomas led the Red Raiders offensively as he went 3-for-5 with three RBI while Trey Stewart and Madison Edwards added two RBI each. Brady Conine (1-0) picked up his first win of the season as he pitched 1 2/3 shutout innings allowing three hits while striking out one. Justin Brown (4-3) was tagged with the loss for College of the Southwest as he gave up two unearned runs on one hit in 1 2/3 innings.
Texas Tech returns to Big 12 action this weekend as the Red Raiders will pay a visit to first-place Baylor. The Red Raiders and 11th-ranked Bears begin the three-game series at 7 p.m. on Friday night at Baylor Ballpark.
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