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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. Brennan Stewart
W, 1-0
Marc Damon
L, 1-2
W: 10-9
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).

Preview: The Game: The pitching for mid-week games is always a bit rocky, but it's a win and I'll take it. SP Ben Flora (2.0 IP; 4H; 3 R; 2 ER; 2 BB; 2 S) didn't last too long and Brennan Stewart (5.0 IP; 5 H; 4 ER; 3 BB; 2 SO) battled through 5 innings to get the win. Things got a bit dicey as TAMU-CC scored 6 runs in the 8th inning, but Colt Farrar (1.2 IP; 1 H; 0 ER; 1 BB; 2 SO) pitched a near-perfect save.

I've wanted to mention this for the past few games that I've been dropping freshman 2B Jamadrick McGruder's name, who by the way was solid again despite not getting a hit (0-3; 2 R; 1 SB) and not one person has even suggested that McGruder might be MacGruber. I'm beginning to wonder if you guys and gals are even reading this stuff. Not even an off-hand reference? Very disappointed.

Much more after the jump, including some video from yesterday's game.

On the field, DH Scott LeJeune was temendous (3-5; 1 R; 4 RBI) and although RF Barrett Barnes didn't drive home any runs, he was getting on base and setting the table ((3-5; 2 R). Freshman 3B Bo Altobelli also drove in 2 runs (2-4; 2 RBI).

It's nice to win 3 games in a row and head coach Dan Spencer talks about his pitchers:

 

"It was harder than it had to be. It seems like they all are though. What's new? You learn more when the game gets like that though. You learn more about your guys-who you have and who you don't. Colt (Farrar) did a great job at the end and Brennan Stewart did a great job filling up enough innings to give us a chance to use Colt (Farrar) short like we wanted to use him short so if we got to that situation, Colt (Farrar) was like our defacto closer today because of who we had available. (Ben) Flora got us two innings so we got him out of there and Brennan (Stewart) did a nice job having quick innings and quick outs. Then we had the big inning. I don't think we coasted I just think we scored one more late, thank goodness, because that was the winning run in the seventh. We scored just enough runs."

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

After struggling with three walks in his first inning, Stewart (1-0) settled down and got into a groove in the middle innings. He entered the game with Tech trailing by one and left after the offense had built a 10-3 lead, tiring in the eighth as the Islanders tagged him for a home run, two singles and a double to put him, and the Red Raiders, in trouble.

Colt Farrar earned his first save of the season by getting Tech out of the jam, then worked out of a two-on, two-out situation in the ninth with the tying run 90 feet away.

"People are getting opportunities for sure and coaches are continuing to run guys out there hoping they can get batters out," said Stewart, who scattered four runs on five hits and three walks with a pair of strikeouts.

"Coming in down one run I just wanted to make sure I stayed within the game and keep putting up zeros, and once we got the lead just going out there and throwing strikes. The defense played great and the offense put up some runs."

As does DT's Adam Coleman, who also writes about the Longhorns coming to town:

"I don’t think we coasted," Tech coach Dan Spencer said. "I just think we scored one more late. Thank goodness, because that was the winning run in the seventh I guess. We scored just enough runs." There is no need to remind the Red Raiders who visits Dan Law Field this weekend. A three-game series against a Texas squad that started the season No. 1 in every major college baseball poll could be the perfect opportunity for Tech to make a statement. "I’m pumped," Stewart said. "I’m so excited, I can’t wait and I hope everyone gets some opportunities to play. I think we’re going to play great. I know they have a great team over there in Austin, but it’s going to be great weekend."

Video Recap: DT's Jon Arnold with a recap from yesterday's game: