Texas A&M Defeats Texas Tech, 11-7
May 16, 1998
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Texas A&M jumped out to an early 6-0 lead after three innings and held off a late Texas Tech rally Saturday to register an 11-7 victory in Oklahoma City's Southwestern Bell Brickyard Ballpark. The loss drops Texas Tech to 41-18 overall and improves Texas A&M at 43-17. The Red Raiders are now 2-1 in Big 12 Conference play after three days and will play Oklahoma at the Brick on Sunday at 1 p.m. The winner advances to the championship game to play Texas A&M.
Texas A&M took advantage of six Texas Tech errors in the first three innings to grab a 6-0 lead. The Red Raiders committed three errors in the third inning.
Meanwhile, Texas A&M pitcher Chris Scarcella (2-1) held the Red Raiders to six hits and three runs (one ER) in eight innings for the victory.
Texas Tech starter Joe Smith (4-3) earned the loss after pitching 7.0 innings. He allowed 11 runs but only five were earned, walked two batters and struck out four. Peter Nelson pitched the final inning for Texas Tech.
Jason Landreth led Texas Tech with a 3-4 peformance. He drove in an RBI and scored a run. Several other Red Raiders finished with a hit apiece.
Texas Tech battled back with four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning but the lead was too big.
LINESCORE R H E Texas Tech 000 002 104 7 11 6 Texas A&M 132 003 02x 11 14 2 TTU: Smith and Nelson (8) and Bard. A&M: Scarcella, Weller (9) and French (9) and Sandusky. WP: Scarcella (A&M) 2-1. LP: Smith (TTU) 4-3. Save: None. Doubles: TTU- Burns (23), A&M- Kuzmic (12), Scheschuk (9). Triples: None. Home Runs: TTU- Bard (15). TOG: 2:29. Att: 9180, 4500 estimated.
*When Texas A&M took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, it marked the first time Texas Tech had trailed during the Big 12 Conference Tournament.
*The loss for Texas Tech snapped an eight-game winning streak.
*Jason Landreth and Ryan Ruiz extended their hitting streaks to 11 games apiece.
*Texas Tech established a season-high six errors and a Big 12 Tournament record for errors with six. The previous record of five errors in a tournament game was set by Baylor earlier on Saturday in a loss to Texas A&M.