CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Texas A&M-Corpus Christi third baseman Martin Parra hit a controversial grand slam home in the bottom of the fifth that broke a 2-2 tie, giving the Islanders a 6-2 win and a two-game midweek sweep of the Red Raiders on Wednesday evening at Whataburger Field.
The loss drops Texas Tech to 8-12 overall while the Islanders improve to 6-15.
The Red Raiders found themselves trailing 2-0 in the top half of the fourth but that quickly changed as Tech got back-to-back solo home runs from Chris Richburg and Justin Berry to tie things up at 2-2. Richburg led off the fourth inning with a solo blast that landed in the Corpus Christi bay just beyond left field. Berry, who hit his first career home run in the ninth inning of last night's game, followed Richburg's lead with a solo home run that just cleared the fence in left center field.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi third baseman Martin Parra gave the Islanders a 6-2 lead on a controversial grand slam home run in the bottom of the fifth. Parra's home run seemed to be a clear-cut foul ball but was ruled fair by the home plate umpire Oscar Herrera.
Left-hander Jake Liedka (1-1), who made his first career start, held the Red Raiders to just two runs on two hits over five innings to pick up his first win of the season. Freshman right-hander Louis Head (0-2) was tagged with the loss for the Red Raiders as he gave up three runs on one hit and two walks over two innings of relief work.
Texas Tech will look to snap its two-game losing skid on Friday evening when the Red Raiders begin a three-game Big 12 series against No. 9 Baylor at Baylor Ballpark. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.