LUBBOCK, Texas – The No. 13 Texas A&M baseball team went 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position on a cold and blustery Friday afternoon as Texas Tech defeated the Aggies, 8-3, at Dan Law Field.
The two teams were scheduled to play a double header today, but because of extremely cold conditions and increasing precipitation throughout the afternoon, the teams agreed to wait out the weather and try to play the series-deciding game on Saturday at 1 p.m.
With the loss, the Aggies dropped to 27-7 overall and to 6-5 in Big 12 Conference play. The Red Raiders improved to 21-13 and 5-6 in the league.
“We had our chances,” A&M head coach Rob Childress said. “We had a few innings that could have been big innings for us, but we were unable to get a big hit. Credit Texas Tech for doing the things they need to do to win the game.”
The Aggies took the early lead by getting four-consecutive hits off Texas Tech starting pitcher AJ Ramos. Craig Stinson slapped a one-out double down the line in left and scored on a single by Luke Anders. Anders moved to third on a single to right by Josh Stinson and scored a base hit by Parker Dalton.
The Red Raiders took their first lead of the weekend in the bottom of the third by scoring three runs off A&M starter Matt Ueckert. Chris Hall doubled to start the inning and scored on a two-out single by Matt Smith. Roger Kieschnick then hit his eighth home run of the year – a two-run shot over the wall in right.
Tech extended its lead to 4-2 with an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth. With runners on first and second and one out, first baseman Darby Brown misplayed a grounder off the bat of Hall to load the bases. With a 2-0 count, Kiel Renfro replaced Ueckert and walked Jason Seefeld to force in a run. Renfro entered with a 2-0 count and by rule, the walk was charged to Ueckert.
A sacrifice fly to left by Taylor Ashby scored Kieschnick, who tripled earlier in the inning, to increase the Red Raider lead to 5-2.
Texas Tech scored again in the sixth and twice more in the seventh to put the game out of reach.
The Aggies mounted a rally in the ninth and scored a run on a RBI single by Kyle Colligan. A&M had the bases loaded and tying run on deck, but could not push more runs across.
Ramos (7-1) pitched seven-complete innings and allowed two runs on nine hits.
Ueckert (1-1) pitched 3 1/3 and allowed four runs on six hits.