FIRST INNING SENDS RED RAIDERS TO 8-0 VICTORY OVER MAVS
March 1, 2005
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech scored five runs in the first inning and that was more than enough for Red Raider starter Adam Lawford as the right-hander struck out a career-best seven hitters in the complete game in handing Texas-Arlington (7-8) its first shutout loss in 58 games in falling 8-0 Tuesday afternoon at Dan Law Field.
Lawford improved his record to 2-0 on the season as he allowed five hits and did not walk a batter while throwing just 93 pitches.
The Red Raiders (12-1) broke the game open from the get-go as they sent nine hitters to the plate in the first inning in scoring five runs. Cameron Blair got things started by drawing a leadoff walk before moving to third on a Chris Williams single through the right side. Blair scored on a walk and Williams went to second before moving to third on a wild pitch. Chris Richburg walked and Trey Stewart drove in a run with single through the right side. Madison Edwards delivered the big blow with a two-run triple into the gap in left center field. Edwards would score the final run on a Carey Avants sacrifice fly to right field.
Jeremiah Haar (1-1) took the loss as he allowed five earned runs on four hits with two walks, a balk and a wild pitch in one inning of work.
TT threatened again in the second inning off UTA reliever Dillon Gee as Blair was hit by the first pitch and Williams drew a walk. Gee then struck out Richburg and then picked Blair off at second and Williams at first.
The Red Raiders added another run in the sixth inning as Joseph Callender tucked a double just inside the left field foul line with two outs and scored when Cooper Fouts followed with a bloop single down the left field line.
Two more runs scored for TT in the eighth as Avants walked and Callender singled before a balk advanced the runners for Fouts who plated both with a double into the left field corner.
Gee helped to keep UTA in the game as he allowed just one run on four hits with four strikeouts in five innings of work.
Daniel Macha was the only Mav to collect two hits. Callender led TT with three hits and Fouts drove in three runs.
The Mavs return to action tomorrow afternoon as they host Oklahoma at 3 p.m. at Clay Gould Ballpark.