LUBBOCK, TX – Sophomore right-hander Brennan Stewart logged a career-high five innings and Colt Farrar squashed a late Texas A&M-Corpus Christi rally in the eighth to lead Texas Tech to a 10-9 win over the Islanders on Wednesday afternoon at Dan Law Field.
The win gives Tech a two-game sweep of the Islanders and a three-game win streak as the Red Raiders now stand at 11-12 on the year. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi falls to 10-11 and has lost its last three.
The Islanders jumped ahead early in the first inning with a pair of runs off Tech starter Ben Flora. Flora, who was making his first career start, gave up an RBI single to Cory Ege for the first run and then a fielding error by Tech third baseman Bo Altobelli staked the Islanders to a 2-0 lead.
Tech didn't waste any time answering the early charge by the Islanders as Scott LeJeune hit a two-out, two-RBI double off the wall in right field that evened things up at 2-2.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, however, regained the lead in the top of the second on an RBI single from Jacob Perales.
Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth, Tech managed to load the bases and senior shortstop Joey Kenworthy was able to draw a walk and that tied the game at 3-3.
The Red Raiders took their first lead of the day in the sixth and made it stick as Tech pounded out six runs on six hits and took advantage of one Islander defensive miscue to grab a 9-3 lead. LeJuene got Tech going with an RBI single and that opened up the floodgates as catcher Kevin Whitehead and left fielder Michael Reed each drove in single runs while Altobelli drove in pair with a bases-clearing, two-RBI single.
Freshman right fielder Barrett Barnes blasted a one-out triple in the ninth and LeJeune's third hit of the day right behind him turned out to be the game winner as it gave the Red Raiders a 10-3 lead.
The Islanders mounted a furious comeback in the eighth as Stewart simply run out of gas as he had tossed five shutout innings and thrown 63 pitches coming into the inning. Trey Hernandez led off the frame with a solo home run and the Islanders strung together two singles and a two-RBI by Caleb Marx before being replaced by left-hander Scott Erzinger. Erzinger couldn't stop the bleeding as he walked the first batter he faced and two batter later Perales blasted a three-run home run over the center field wall. The home run was his first of the season and cut the Tech lead to 10-9.
Sophomore right-hander Colt Farrar replaced Erzinger after the home run and retired the next two batters to end the inning. He then tacked on a scoreless ninth inning for his first career save.
Stewart was credited with the win and improved to 1-0 while Marc Damon was saddled with the loss for the Islanders after giving up seven runs on eight this and four walks over four innings of work.
Texas Tech will wrap up its five-game homestand this weekend in a crucial Big 12 series rival and eighth-ranked Texas. First pitch on Friday night is set for 6:30 p.m.