COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The final meeting between Texas Tech and Texas A&M in Big 12 Conference play took 12 innings and four hours and 34 minutes to settle as the Red Raiders came away with an 8-4 win over the No. 9 Aggies on Sunday afternoon in front of 4,389 fans at Blue Bell Park.
Texas Tech (27-24, 6-15 Big 12) scored four runs in the top of the 12th inning – started on a solo home run by Stephen Hagen – while Texas A&M (34-14, 13-8 Big 12) lost its final Big 12 home game.
With the game tied at four and Tech batting in the 12th, Hagen hit the first pitch thrown his way from Aggies reliever Kyle Martin over the left-center field wall for what proved to be the game-winning run. Tech junior designated hitter Scott LeJeune provided three insurance runs with a two-out, bases-clearing double into the right-center field gap.
Red Raider reliever Andre Wheeler (1-0) earned his first career win pitching one scoreless inning while Martin (5-5) took the loss going five innings allowing four runs (three earned) on nine hits with two strikeouts and two walks.
Texas Tech out-hit A&M, 17-10, while six Red Raiders finished with multi-hit games. Guiding Tech at the plate were senior third baseman Reid Redman (4-for-7), junior second baseman Jamodrick McGruder (3-for-6) and freshman right fielder Jordan Lopez (3-for-4). Seventeen base hits marked the most by the Red Raiders in a Big 12 game this season.
Tech evened the score at 1-1 in the third inning on LeJeune's first RBI of the contest, a fielder's choice groundout that scored McGruder, who reached base on a single and stole second base.
The Red Raiders grabbed a brief 2-1 lead in the fifth inning on McGruder's first home run of the season, a solo shot over the right-field wall. The homer marked McGruder's 10th career home run.
A&M followed with a run in the bottom of the fifth inning on an RBI double from right fielder Tyler Naquin, tying the score at two.
Tech starting pitcher Trey Masek pitched five innings allowing two runs on four hits while issuing a career-high five walks with three strikeouts.
A&M starting pitcher Rafael Pineda also pitched five innings allowing two runs on five hits with three strikeouts and two walks in the no decision.
Tech plated runs in the seventh and eighth innings as Redman broke a 2-2 tie with an RBI single through the left side of the infield and then Lopez tallied a two-out, RBI single through the left side to give the Red Raiders a 2-1 lead.
The Aggies came right back with an RBI double by first baseman Jacob House in the eighth. The next inning, House came through again with a sacrifice fly to center field to tie the game, 4-4.
Neither team scored in the 10th or 11th innings as each team had just one runner reach scoring position during that time frame.
Tech sent eight batters to the plate in the 12th inning as five base hits led to Tech's four runs that put the game away.
Defensive replacement Nick Hanslik – who played left field from the seventh inning on – went 2-for-3 and LeJeune led all players with four RBI going 2-for-7.
Texas Tech will play its final non-conference, midweek game of the season on Tuesday, May 8 at Dallas Baptist with a 3 p.m. first pitch scheduled at Patriot Field in Dallas.
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