Baylor Claims Series With 8-5 Win Over Tech|
May. 1, 2005
WACO, Texas - Four Baylor home runs helped propel the 11-ranked Bears to an 8-5 win over Texas Tech in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark. Baylor claims the series 2-1.
Texas Tech falls to 28-16 on the season and to 8-11 in the Big 12 while Baylor improves to 30-17 and 15-6 in league play.
Baylor drew first blood in the game as the Bears got on board with a run in the top of the first thanks to two hits off Tech starter Adam Lawford. Michael Griffin led off the game with single to center on a 0-2 pitch and first baseman Kyle Reynolds scored him in the next at-bat with an RBI double to right.
Baylor pushed its lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the second when nine-hole hitter Seth Fortenberry hit his first home run of the season. Fortenberry's at-bat was prolonged when a pop foul got caught in the sun and was unplayable by Tech first baseman Trey Stewart.
The Bears put the game out of reach in the bottom of the third when third baseman Kevin Russo launched a three-run homer over the left field fence. The home run was his second of the season and gave Baylor a 5-0 lead.
Tech plated its first two runs of the game in the top of the fifth inning on back-to-back RBI singles by Brian Capps and Matt Smith. Both of Tech's runs came with two outs in the inning after third baseman Carey Avants kept Tech alive with a double to right.
Seth Fortenberry's two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth eliminated Tech's hope for a comeback. The home run was his second of the game and just the third of his career and all three have come against Texas Tech.
Junior left fielder Chris Williams made his first plate appearance of the game count in the top of the sixth when he belted a solo home run over the fence in left-center field. The home run was his fourth of the season and pulled Tech within four at 7-3.
Junior right-hander Adam Lawford (2-6) suffered his second consecutive loss as he gave up five earned runs on six and was replaced after just two innings. Baylor's Abe Woody picked up the win in relief and improves to 5-3.
Texas Tech will close out the home portion of its 2005 regular-season schedule as the Red Raiders open up an eight-game homestand beginning Tuesday evening against New Mexico. First pitch for the Tech-New Mexico game is slated for 6:30 p.m. at Dan Law Field.