LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech belted three home runs and got five solid innings from freshman right-hander Brandon Petite to lead the Red Raiders to a 9-5 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Tuesday evening at Dan Law Field.
The win, Tech's second straight, gives the Red Raiders a 10-12 season record while Texas A&M-Corpus Christi falls to 10-10.
The Red Raiders fell behind early as Islander right fielder Matt Holland belted the first of his two home runs on the night as the leadoff batter in the second inning.
Freshman third baseman Bo Altobelli drove in the first run of the night for Tech in the bottom of the third when he dropped a bloop single into right field that scored first baseman Stephen Hagen. Hagen reached on a one-out double to the gap in left-center to set up the scoring chance for Altobelli.
Holland put the Islanders back into the lead at 2-1 in the top of the fourth with a one-out solo home run to left-center. His second home run of the night gave him a total of three on the season.
Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth, the Red Raider offense exploded for four runs on five hits and the Red Raiders jumped ahead 5-2. Junior catcher Jeremy Mayo led off the inning with a solo home run and two batters later Hagen followed suit with a solo blast that gave Tech a 3-2 lead. With two outs in the frame, Joey Kenworthy drove in a run with an RBI double and Michael Reed followed him with a run-scoring triple off the wall in right field.
After the Islanders cut the Tech lead to 5-4 with two runs in the sixth, Ashby put the game away for Tech with a three-run home run that capped off a four-run eighth inning. Ashby's three-run home run plated Barrett Barnes who reached on a bloop single and Mayo who was hit by TAMU-CC reliever Phillip Garcia.
Brandon Petite earned the win for the Red Raiders after allowing just three runs on two hits and struckout a career-high seven batters over five innings of work. Alex Silva, who made his first appearance on the mound this year for the Islanders, took the loss after surrendering two runs on two hits in 1 1/3 inning of relief.
Texas Tech will look to complete the two-game sweep of the Islanders on Wednesday afternoon. First pitch for the series finale is set for noon.
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