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Red Raider Hardball :: Red Raiders Defeat Patriots, 8-5

Texas Tech (7-2) vs. Dallas Baptist (6-2)
Location: Dan Law Field : Lubbock, TX
Radio: Affiliates
Date Start Time Texas Tech
Starting Pitcher
Dallas Baptist
Starting Pitcher
3.02.10 5:00 p.m. Ben Flora
(W, 1-0)
Ryan Millard
(L, 1-1)
W: 8-5
LF - Michael Reed (Sr.); CF - Taylor Ashby (Sr.); RF - Barrett Barnes (Fr.)
SS - Joey Kenworthy (Sr.)     2ND - Garrett Totten (So.);
3RD - Nick Popescu (Jr.)                                  1ST - Stephen Hagen (Jr.)
C - Jeremy Mayo (So.)
DH - Scott LeJeune (So.)

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

The Game:  Starting pitcher Brandon Petite (2.1 IP; 3 H; 4 ER; 3 BB; 0 SO) struggled a bit, but the bullpen really picked up the slack and pitched well from the 3rd inning to the end of the game.  Brennan Stewart (2.0 IP; 3 H; 1 ER; 1 BB; 1 SO), Ben Flora (2.0 IP; 3 H; 0 ER; 1 BB; 1 SO) and Jay Johnson (2.2 IP; 0 H; 0 ER; 0 BB; 4 SO) all contributed to the win, which included a dominant performance from Johnson, who earned his third save of the year.  Seeing a good bullpen performance is encouraging.  At the plate, DH Scott LeJeune (3-4; 3 RBI) led the offense and RF Barrett Barnes (2-4; 3 R; 2 RBI) also had a good day at the plate.

More links, video and notes after the jump.

Recaps: LAJ's George Watson and DT's Adam Coleman have recaps from last night's game and head coach Dan Spencer had high praise for the bullpen's relief effort:

"(Stewart) wasn’t great but he kept us around. He didn’t implode on us," head coach Dan Spencer said. "Then our bullpen was great. What (Flora) did by coming in over the weekend and getting a left-hander out was he earned this chance again, and he went out and did it again. He got some key outs in some key innings and I’m happy for Ben. He had a tough freshman year but he stayed with it. It was a great job by him and by the Red Raiders."

Post Game Quotes (link):

Head Coach Dan Spencer on the offensive outing today:
"We scored some runs late. I told our guys, the key to the game is you can look at the scoreboard and see all the zeros they had from the sixth to the ninth inning. That's how you win. The zero under our `E' column always helps too. Offensively, I feel like we are capable enough to stay in a game and score some runs. We went 7-2 in our first nine and we would like to have been a little better than that, but overall I think we played pretty well."

DH Scott LeJeune on how he feels heading into the Houston College Classic this weekend:
"This is a game we needed to have after losing the last one. We don't want to roll into Houston on a two-game losing streak. We don't want that. We're gong to play some stiff opponents so we're going to try and take two-out-of-three and see what happens."

Video Recap: DT's Brett Winegarner with some good video: