Three-Run Seventh Helps Texas Tech Defeat St. John's, 5-2|
Feb. 26, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - St. John's trailed just 2-0 after six innings, but managed just five hits in the game, all singles, as Texas Tech used a three-run seventh inning to defeat the Red Storm, 5-2. Pat Talbut was 2-for-4 and Jeremy Baltz was 1-for-4 with two RBI to pace St. John's (2-4). Matt Carasiti (0-1) took the loss, allowing two runs and issuing five walks in 3.0 innings of work in his first start since Feb. 19, 2011. Barrett Barnes was 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead Texas Tech (6-1), while Shane Broyles (2-0) earned the win after allowing two runs in 7.2 innings of work.
A leadoff walk to Jamodrick McGruder helped the Red Raiders take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. After a Barnes bunt single, a sacrifice bunt set up runners with second and third with one out. Scott LeJeune followed with a sacrifice fly in foul territory and McGruder beat the throw home from third baseman Zach Lauricella.
Texas Tech added a run in the third after a leadoff walk and back-to-back singles gave the Red Raiders the bases loaded with no outs. Carasiti then induced a 6-4-3 double play, but a run came home on the play and the Red Raiders grabbed a 2-0 lead.
Kevin Kilpatrick replaced Carasiti in the fourth and promptly worked a 1-2-3 inning, needing just eight pitches.
St. John's had a walk in both the second and third innings, but was held hitless until a leadoff single by Sean O'Hare in the fifth. A double play and a strikeout, however, ended the inning.
Talbut had a two-out single in the sixth and Matt Wessinger added a leadoff single in the seventh, but both runners were stranded.
Kilpatrick, meanwhile, retired the first 10 batters he faced before a one-out triple to pinch hitter Stephen Hagen opened a three-run seventh. Tim Proudfoot followed with an RBI single before a McGruder RBI triple and a Barnes RBI single made it a 5-0 Red Raider lead and chased Kilpatrick from the game.
St. John's answered with a two-out rally in the eighth, chasing Broyles as part of a two-run frame. Broyles retired the first two batters before Anthony Iacomini took a pitch off his back and Talbut followed with a single. Texas Tech then went to the bullpen and a Trey Masek wild pitch allowed the runners to advance to second and third. Baltz followed with a two-run single through the right side and St. John's climbed to within 5-2 before Masek got a strikeout to end the inning.
St. John's travels to Chapel Hill and returns to action at 3 p.m. on Feb. 28 with a midweek contest against No. 4 North Carolina.
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