LUBBOCK, TX – Texas Tech scored 10 runs in the first two innings while Barrett Barnes, Jeremy Mayo and Scott LeJeune drove in three runs each to lead the Red Raiders to an 18-4 win over Alabama A&M on Tuesday evening at Dan Law Field. The game was called after seven innings due to a predetermined run-rule.
The win pushes Tech to 21-19 on the season while Alabama A&M falls to 15-24.
Alabama A&M struck first as the Bulldogs staked a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Tech starter Ben Flora walked Noel Santos to lead off the first inning and after a stolen base and a groundout, Santos scored on an RBI groundout by Kency Duarte.
The Red Raiders evened things up in their half of the first when freshman second baseman Jamodrick McGruder led off the inning with a walk, and then scored on an RBI single from Michael Reed.
Tech put the game out of reach in the bottom half of the second as the Red Raiders exploded for nine runs to take a 10-1 lead. Mayo drove in all three of his runs in the inning with a bases-clearing double while junior third baseman Nick Popescu picked up two hits in the frame as Tech batted around the order 1 ½ times.
LeJeune, the Big 12 leader in doubles, added two more to his total (22) on the night, including a bases-clearing double in the fourth that guided Tech to a seven-run inning.
Sophomore left-hander Ben Flora logged four innings of work for his third win of the season while Justin Cooper worked the final three innings for his third save.
Texas Tech will go for the series sweep of the Bulldogs at 1 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. Fans that purchased tickets for tonight's game can bring those ticket stubs back tomorrow and receive free admission.
R H E
Alabama A&M - 101 010 1 - 4 7 2
Texas Tech - 190 710 x - 18 16 0
WP = Ben Flora (3-0)
LP = Ronquis Jefferson (0-2)
SV = Justin Cooper (3)