Huge Sixth Inning Boosts Tech Past UC Irvine

<p>LOS ANGELES, Calif. - No. 21 Texas Tech erased a 9-3 deficit with a nine-run sixth inning that gave the Red Raiders a 14-10 win over UC-Irvine on Saturday afternoon at the 2005 Public Storage Classic hosted by USC.

Tech improved to 15-4 on the season after belting out a season-high 22 hits in the come-from-behind win. Junior third baseman Joey Callender led all Tech hitters with his first career five-hit game while senior shortstop Cameron Blair went 4-for-6 at the plate.

For the second straight day, Texas Tech fell behind 2-0 in the top of the first;the Anteaters scored on an RBI fielder's choice. Tech starter Randy Gattis walked in a runner with the bases loaded.

Tech was forced to go to the bullpen in the second as the Anteaters plated two more runs to push their lead to 4-0. UC-Irvine catcher Mark Wagner plated the first run with a sacrifice fly while third baseman Matt Anderson followed with an RBI double.

Junior left fielder Chris Williams scored Tech's first run of the game in the bottom of the second when he blasted a leadoff home run off the scoreboard in right-center. Tech got the next two batters on board with singles but UC-Irvine starter Justin Cassel retired the next three Red Raiders to escape the inning without further damage.

UC-Irvine took a commanding lead at 9-1 in the top of the fifth as the Anteaters plated four runs on three hits, two walks and a hit-batter.

Tech scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth but had the chance for more as a stikeout by Trey Stewart left the bases loaded. An RBI infield single by Chris Williams and an RBI double by third baseman Joey Callender accounted for the Tech scoring and pulled the Red Raiders to within six at 9-3.

The Red Raiders exploded in the bottom of the sixth inning as Tech plated nine runs to take a 12-9 lead. The Red Raiders belted out nine hits and took advantage of two UC-Irvine fielding errors in the inning as Tech plated its second highest runs in a single inning this season. Tech set a new school record earlier this year against Western Illinois on Feb. 20 when the Red Raiders plated 13 runs in the third inning.

Junior third baseman Joey Callender collected his fifth hit and third and fourth RBI's in the bottom of the eighth when he laced a single through the left side to push Tech's lead to 14-10.

Junior right-hander Zach Butler earned the win in relief for Tech and improved to 3-0. Michael Koehler (1-3) suffered the loss in relief for UC-Irvine as he gave up one earned run on six hits in 2/3 of an inning.

Texas Tech concludes play in the 2005 Public Storage Classic on Sunday as the Red Raiders play ninth-ranked Wichita State at 2 p.m. (CT).

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