Stewart's Two RBI Leads Tech Past Baylor 3-2|
April 30, 2005
WACO, Texas - Junior first baseman Trey Stewart went 2-for-4 with two RBI including a sacrifice fly in the ninth that gave Texas Tech a 3-2 win over No. 11 Baylor on Saturday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark.
The win improves Texas Tech's overall record to 28-15 and the Red Raiders moved to 8-10 in the Big 12 and now stand alone in sixth place. Baylor falls to 29-17 overall but maintains is Big 12 lead with a 14-6 record in the conference.
Baylor took an early 1-0 lead as the Bears got three straight hits in the bottom of the first inning, including an RBI double by designated hitter Zach Dillon.
The Red Raiders threatened in the top of the third when Trey Stewart laced a single to right but Baylor right fielder Kevin Sevigny made a great throw home and was able to throw out Carey Avants to end the inning.
The Red Raiders got their first lead of the series in the top of the fifth when Trey Stewart hit an RBI single to center field that ended up allowing Carey Avants to score from second and Cameron Blair from first. Baylor center fielder Chase Gerdes made four attempts to pick up the ball after Stewart's hit and that gave Blair just enough time to beat the throw home. Avants kept Tech alive with a two-out double to left and Mark McCormick then put Blair on with a walk giving the senior shortstop three on the afternoon.
Tech had its chance to take a lead in the top of the eighth as the Red Raiders had the bases loaded with just one out. Catcher Cooper Fouts hit a fly ball to shallow right field and Kevin Sevigny made it a double play as he threw out Brian Capps who tried to score from third.
The Red Raiders finally got the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth as Carey Avants scored on a sacrifice fly by Trey Stewart that put Tech ahead 3-2. Avants reached on a one-out single and then moved to second when Cameron Blair was hit by Baylor reliever Abe Woody for the second time. Baylor brought replace Woody with Jeff Mandel and he moved both runners over with a wild pitch that bounced toward the Bears dugout on the third base line.
Tech pitching coach Lance Brown brought in Tanner McElroy in the ninth after Reid Brees led off with a single to left field. The Bears got the tying run in scoring position after first baseman and ninth inning defensive replacement Patrick Smart muffed a pickoff throw from McElroy that sent Brees to second. McElroy worked himself out of the jam by striking out Kevin Sevigny and drawing Witt into a groundout to end the game.
Texas Tech and Baylor will play the rubber match of this three-game series beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark.