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Red Raider Hardball :: Red Raiders Take First Game from TAMU Corpus Christi

Texas Tech (9-12, 1-2) vs. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi (10-9, 3-3)
Location: Dan Law Field : Lubbock, TX
Radio: Affiliates
Date Start Time Texas Tech
Starting Pitcher
Texas A&M - CC
Starting Pitcher
Result
3.23.10 6:30 p.m. Brandon Petite
W, 2-00
Alex Silva
L, 0-1
W: 9-5
3.24.10 12:00 p.m. Louis Head
1-1, 11.05
Marc Damon
1-1, 9.82
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Outfield:
LF - Michael Reed (Sr.); CF - Taylor Ashby (Sr.); RF - Bonham Hough (Sr.)
Infield:
SS - Joey Kenworthy (Sr.)     2ND - Jamodrick McGruder (Fr.);
3RD - Bo Altobelli (Fr.)                                  1ST - Barrett Barnes (Fr.)
C - Kevin Whitehead (So.)
DH - Scott LeJeune (So.)

*Click on the score for boxscore. Texas Tech series preview (pdf).

Recap: The Game: I'm shocked. A good game from a starting pitcher? What the hell is happening? Freshman SP Brandon Petite (5.0 IP; 2 H; 3 ER; 3 BB; 7 SO) gave his team and his bullpen some solid innings and it's amazing what can happen when a team gets solid pitching. The bullpen was okay, although Jay Johnson (1.1 IP; 2 H; 1 ER; 2 BB; 0 SO) is still struggling, but John Neely (0.2 IP; 1 H; 0 BB; 0 SO) got the final 2 outs and the save. Offensively, the baseballs were flying out of the park as CF Taylor Ashby (1-4; 1 HR; 3 RBI), C Jeremy Mayo (2-3; 2 R; 1 HR; 1 RBI) and 1B Stephen Hagen (2-4; 2 R; 2 HR; 1 RBI) all hit homeruns yesterday. Again, you need to keep an eye on freshman 2B Jamodrick McGruder (2-3; 1 R). RF Barrett Barnes started off incredibly hot (an 8 game hitting streak!), but McGruder has been really good lately. He's getting on base, already has 3 steals, and he's been tremendous leading the top of the line-up. Spencer likes what he has in McGruder too:

"McGruder is a lightening rod. Unfortunately with J-Mac, he's young so you have to live with some of the explosiveness and some of the `I'm going to get picked off' every now and then. We just have to show him some film. I wouldn't trade what he brings for another guy who won't get picked off. If he doesn't get picked off at third with two outs in the ninth, we've talked about that. I don't think we'll have that happen again."

Game Recap: LAJ's George Watson has the recap:

Tuesday night, Petite's talent finally merged with effort as he pitched five strong innings, and the Tech offense continued its barrage from Sunday to beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 9-5 in the opener of a two-game midweek series at Dan Law Field.

"It's good to finally throw a good, solid five innings," Petite said. "I just pitched with confidence today. Instead of throwing pitches and hoping they didn't hit them, I just threw to contact. I threw my slider for strikes and they swung and missed. My slider coming here was pretty good, but I'd struggled with it the first couple of outings. I threw it more for strikes, got more outs and got ahead in the count."

Petite (2-0) set career highs of innings pitched (5) and strikeouts (7) while holding the Islanders (10-10) to two hits and three walks, lowering his ERA from 13.50 to 10.38. While not a huge drop numbers wise, it's a big boost confidence wise to both him and the Red Raiders (10-12).