Fuller Lifts No. 25 Texas Tech To 7-5 Win Over Missouri|
May 7, 2004
LUBBOCK, Texas - Junior center fielder Cody Fuller's two-run triple in the bottom of the eighth gave No. 25 Texas Tech a 7-5 win over the Missouri Tigers in the series opener on Friday night in front of 3,921 fans at Dan Law Field.
The win pushes Texas Tech's win streak to seven games and also clinches a spot in the upcoming Big 12 Conference Baseball Tournament for the Red Raiders. Texas Tech now stands at 32-13 overall and 12-6 in the Big 12 while Missouri fell to 27-18-1 and 6-12 in the league.
Missouri jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Jeremy Hernandez reached on a fielder's choice and moved to third on a single by Lee Laskowski. Tech starter Steven Thomas plated Hernandez on a wild pitch and then gave up an RBI single to Ryan Rallo that scored Laskowski from second.
The Tigers pushed their lead to 4-0 by scoring single runs in the fourth and sixth innings. Cosme Caballero plated the run in the fourth with an RBI sacrifice fly while Kyle Johnson delivered an RBI single in the sixth.
The Red Raiders rallied in the bottom of the sixth inning as Tech put up four runs on three hits and took advantage of two Tiger defensive errors. Junior left fielder Michael Mask got Tech going with a two-RBI double down the right field line that plated Cameron Blair and Dallas Braden. Blair reached on a leadoff error by Missouri shortstop Gary Arndt while Braden reached on a four-pitch walk. Senior third baseman Josh Haney tied the score in the next at-bat when he laced a triple to the gap in right-center field and then scored on a throwing error by Tiger second baseman Trevor Helms.
Missouri answered Tech's rally in the top half of the seventh when Hunter Mense reached on a one-out single and scored on an RBI groundout by Helms.
Haney got Tech going again in the bottom of the eighth when he laced a single to left center with one out in the frame. Junior second baseman Jose Delgado moved Haney to second with a single through the left side but Madison Edwards was unable to move either runner as he flew out to center field to record the second out of the inning. Just as he had done the entire game, junior center fielder Cody Fuller came through in the clutch as he belted a two-run triple to left-center, giving Tech the 7-5 lead. Fuller finished the day 3-for-4 with two RBI.
Corey Gerstner (6-0) came into the game with one out in the eighth and pitched the final 1 2/3 innings to pick up the win. He allowed just one hit and struckout four in just 23 pitches. Taylor Parker suffered the loss in just 2/3 of an inning as he allowed two earned runs on two hits.
Texas Tech and Missouri will continue their three-game series at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday night at Dan Law Field. The Dan Law Field ticket office will open at 4:30 p.m.