LUBBOCK -- Kyle Thebeau and Kyle Nicholson did not allow a run in four innings of relief on Thursday night to lead the No. 13 Texas A&M baseball team to a 7-4 win over Texas Tech at Dan Law Field.
Thebeau entered in the ninth and retired all nine men he faced, six via strikeout. Nicholson struck out one and walked one in the ninth to earn his fourth save of the year.
“I thought Thebeau and Nicholson did a great job of stopping the game,” A&M head coach Rob Childress said. “I feel like the last three games we have started to settle down a little bit and play the way we are capable of playing – the way we were playing at the beginning of the season.”
With the win, the Aggies improved to 27-6 overall and to 6-4 in Big 12 Conference games. Texas Tech dropped to 20-13 and 4-6. The series will conclude on Friday with a double header beginning at 1 p.m.
The Aggies took the lead in the top of the second by scoring five runs off Texas Tech starting pitcher Travis Young. Brodie Greene grounded into a fielder’s choice to score Darby Brown from third. A single by Parker Dalton and walk to Brandon Hicks loaded the bases. Ben Feltner cleared the bases with a double down the line in left and scored one hitter later on a single by Blake Stouffer.
The Red Raiders scored four in the bottom of the fourth to get right back in the game. A&M starter David Newmann allowed a lead walk to Roger Kieschnick and consecutive singles by Matt Smith and Kyle Martin pushed a run across. Taylor Ashby then delivered a two-RBI triple to the gap in right center. Ashby later scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Chris Richburg.
The Aggies added a couple of insurance runs in the top of the eight to make the score 7-4. Brown started the inning with a single, Craig Stinson walked and Luke Anders was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Chris Ortmeier replaced Young on the mound and Greene promptly chopped a single through the left side to score Brown. Dalton lifted a sacrifice fly to right to plate Stinson.
Newmann (5-1) lasted five-complete innings and allowed four runs on seven hits. He struck out two and walked one.
Young (3-1) pitched seven-plus innings and allowed all seven runs on 10 hits. He walked two and struck out five.