Stephen Hagen's two-out home run in the bottom of the eighth broke an 11-11 tie and the Red Raiders went on to defeat Bethune-Cookman 14-12 in the fifth game of the 2010 Brooks Wallace Memorial Classic on Saturday afternoon in front of 2,138 fans at Dan Law Field.
The win pushes Tech's record to 6-1 on the season and to 2-1 in the Brooks Wallace Classic while Bethune-Cookman drops to 1-7 overall and finishes the tournament with an 0-4 record. The Wildcats dropped a 6-3 decision to Washington State earlier in the day.
Texas Tech built an 11-5 lead with six runs in the fourth and one in the fifth but saw that lead quickly evaporate as the Wildcats plated three runs in both the sixth and seventh innings as well as a solo run in the eighth that tied the game at 11-11. With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, junior first baseman Stephen Hagen connected on his first home run of the season to regain the lead for Tech at 12-11. Tech plated two more runs in the frame as Barrett Barnes and Scott LeJeune racked up back-to-back RBI doubles.
The Red Raiders built a 4-1 lead after two innings only to squander it away by giving up a run in the third and three more in the fourth. Trailing, 5-4 in the bottom half of the fourth, senior shortstop Joey Kenworthy began a rally for the Red Raiders as he blasted a three-run home run over the wall in left field. The home run was his first of the season. Three batters later, Nick Popescu gave Tech a five-run cushion (10-5) when he belted a three run, inside-the-park home run.
Brett Bruening (2-0) earned the win for Tech despite allowing six runs (five earned) on five hits over three innings. Justin Cooper notched his second save of the season by tossing a flawless ninth inning.
Texas Tech will get a re-match on Sunday afternoon against Washington State as the Cougars handed the Red Raiders their only loss of the season on Saturday night. First pitch is set for noon.