LUBBOCK, Texas - Luke Anders hit two of Texas A&M's four home runs and drove in five runs to lead the 11th-ranked Aggies to a 13-7 win over Texas Tech on Saturday evening in front of 2,779 fans at Dan Law Field. The win by the Aggies evens this series up at 1-1 with the rubber match set for tomorrow afternoon.
The loss drops Texas Tech to 13-19 on the year and to 5-6 in Big 12 play while Texas A&M improves to 20-10 and 7-5 in conference play.
The loss might have had more serious consequences for the Red Raiders as senior second baseman Willie Rueda reinjured his left hamstring during a Tech rally in the ninth. Rueda, who missed 12 games earlier this year after injuring his hamstring against Southern Utah on Feb. 21, was rounding third base on his way home following a double by Joey Kenworthy but pulled up midway down the line and had to be carried off the field. Rueda was tagged out on the play and that put the brakes on a Tech rally that had seen the Red Raiders plate two runs with nobody out.
Texas A&M seized control of the game from the very outset as the Aggies plated three runs in the first on an RBI single by Caleb Shofner and a two-run home run by Luke Anders.
A solo home run in the second by Adam Smith gave A&M a 4-0 lead before the Aggies tacked on two more runs in the third to go ahead 6-0. Second baseman Brodie Green was responsible for the two-run home run in the second and it marked his fourth of the year.
The Red Raiders cut the Aggie lead in half in the bottom of the third as Tech put up three runs on four hits, including a pair of RBI singles from Chris Richburg and Scott LeJeune. Rueda got the Red Raiders going as he led off the inning with a double which was the first of his three hits on the night.
Tech's momentum quickly faded in the top of the fourth as Anders silenced the Tech contingent with a three-run blast over the right field wall that gave the Aggies a 9-3 lead.
Senior right-hander AJ Ramos (3-2) suffered the loss as he matched his career-high with nine runs allowed and lasted just four innings. Alex Wilson (3-3) earned the win for A&M while logging a career-high eight innings of work and held the Red Raiders to just five runs on nine hits and struckout 10.
Texas Tech and Texas A&M will play the rubber match of this three-game series tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m.