No. 9 Aggies Clinch Series with Pitching, Long Ball in Game Two
May 5, 2012
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas Tech lost its second straight game to No. 9 Texas A&M with a 7-2 loss on Saturday afternoon while the Aggies used dominant pitching and four home runs to clinch the three-game series at Blue Bell Park.
The Red Raiders (26-24, 5-15 Big 12) tallied just five base hits without committing an error while the Aggies (34-13, 13-17 Big 12) were led by Jacob House (3-for-4, 2 HR) and Ross Stripling (8.0 IP, 13 SO) in the victory.
Stripling (8-2) struck out a career-high 13 batters - the most by an Aggies pitcher this season - and allowed only one earned run in eight innings of work to earn his eighth win of the season.
Texas Tech starting pitcher Rusty Shellhorn (5-3) pitched 4.1 innings allowing seven runs on six hits with two strikeouts and one walk in the loss.
The Aggies struck early and often hitting four home runs in the first five innings - two of which came off the bat of House, who hit a two-run shot to right field in the first and then crushed a solo homer to right field in the fifth while giving Texas A&M its final run of the game.
Texas Tech was led by junior catcher Bo Altobelli who went 2-for-3 with a run scored and RBI. Junior second baseman Jamodrick McGruder went 2-for-4 with a run scored while Stephen Hagen posted Tech's only other RBI with a sacrifice fly.
Altobelli gave Tech an early 1-0 lead with an RBI single to left field, scoring McGruder (singled) in the top of the first.
Tech's lead didn't last long as House hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the first to give A&M a 2-1 lead. The Aggies then added a pair in the second on sophomore Krey Bratsen's first career homer before the Red Raiders scored their final run of the game on Hagen's sacrifice fly to center field in the fourth inning, cutting A&M's lead to 4-2.
Aggie left fielder Brandon Wood hit a solo shot in the fourth before House struck again with a solo shot in the fifth to close the scoring and to give the Aggies a five-run lead (7-2) they would never relinquish.
Tech's only other base hit came in the ninth inning on an infield single down the third-base line from freshman Blake Bass, who entered the game as a pinch hitter.
Texas Tech and Texas A&M will play for the last time as Big 12 conference foes during league play on Sunday, May 6 with a 1:05 p.m. first pitch from Blue Bell Park.