The win marks the third in a row for the Red Raiders as they improve to 15-12 on the season. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi falls to 8-19. The series finale between the two teams has been moved to 2 p.m. due to the Islanders’ evening travel plans.
The Red Raiders snapped a string of three straight games of allowing a run in the top of the first as Tech starter Russ Fornea put up the initial zero to get Tech off to a solid start. In fact, Fornea put up five straight zeros to start the game before finally giving up a run in the top of the sixth.
Doug Thennis gave Tech the early lead in the bottom of the first with an RBI groundout and then put the Red Raiders up 2-0 with another RBI groundout in third. He finished with a game-high three RBIs and has now contributed nine in the last two games for the Red Raiders.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi finally chased away Fornea in the top of the sixth and plated its only run of the game when Tech reliever Owen Brolsma hit Jacob Perales with the bases loaded and that allowed Bryan Gerondale to walk in from third.
The Tech offense came to life in the bottom half of the seventh as the Red Raiders tacked on four runs to grab a 6-1 lead. Monk Kreder, Chris Hall and Thennis all delivered RBI singles in the inning.
Russ Fornea improved to 3-2 on the season as he earned the win. He logged a season-high 5 2/3 innings and held the Islanders to just one run on four hits and struckout three. Trey Hernandez (0-5) suffered the loss for TAMU-CC as he surrendered five runs on six hits and walked four over 6 1/3.
R H E
WP = Russ Fornea (3-2)
LP = Trey Hernandez (0-5)
SV = None
· Texas Tech Head Coach Larry Hays will go for the 1,500th win of his 38-year career tomorrow afternoon against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The game has been moved back to 2 p.m. in order to accommodate the travel plans of the Islanders.
· Texas Tech now leads the all-time series with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 8-0 and is now 6-0 against the Islanders at Dan Law Field.
The Red Raiders have won
three-straight games for just the second time this season. Tech’s last three-game win streak included
two wins over Central Arkansas and a win over
· Junior right-fielder Roger Kieschnick was intentionally three times tonight and that gives him 12 for the season. He finished the night 1-for-2 with a run scored.
· Freshman catcher Monk Kreder extended his current hit streak to nine games.
· Doug Thennis’ three RBIs on the night marked his seventh multiple-RBI game of the year.
· Texas Tech is now 12-4 when scoring in the first inning and 13-0 when leading after the seventh.