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April 22, 1997

Top-Ranked Red Raiders Take Conference Game

Texas Tech Defeats Nebraska in First Game of Doubleheader

LUBBOCK, Texas - The #1 Texas Tech Red Raiders defeated conference rival Nebraska 9-3 in the first game of a doubleheader at Dan Law Field. The win clenches a berth in the inaugural Big 12 Conference Tournament for the Red Raiders, to be held on May 15-18 in Oklahoma City.

The Red Raiders took control of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring five runs on five hits. Keith Ginter set the pace by leading off the inning with his 13th home run of the season, followed by a two run home run to left field by Jess Oliveras. Jason Landreth also hit his fifth home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to seal the victory. Texas Tech has hit a home run in 36 games this year.

Tech pitcher Jason Gooding won his tenth game of the season while pitching a complete game. This marks the seventh consecutive year the Red Raiders have had pitchers in double figures in victories. Gooding threw ten strikeouts and allowed three runs, improving his record to 10-0.

"Gooding had really good stuff today as he usually does. He was the man out there. He showed why he's one of the top pitchers in the country," said Tech catcher Josh Bard.

The Red Raiders improved their record to 38-5 overall, 18-4 Big 12, while Nebraska's record fell to 22-26 overall, 4-15 Big 12. Tech will play Nebraska in the second game of a doubleheader tonight at 7:00 p.m. and again tomorrow at 3:00 p.m.

The nightcap of the doubleheader was suspended in the top of the eighth inning with the Cornhuskers at bat trailing 11-6. The game is scheduled to be resumed Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

After falling behind by a score of 3-1 in the early innings, the Red Raiders scored three runs in the bottom of the third and another in the bottom of the fourth to take a 5-3 lead. Nebraska pulled withing one run in the top half of the fifth inning, but Tech responded in the bottom of the inning by stringing together six-consecutive base hits as they rallied for six runs.

Catcher Andrew Sawyers had singled and moved to second base on a walk by left fielder Clifton Durham with one out in the top of the eighth inning when heavy rains began to fall on Dan Law Field, forcing the suspension.

Should Texas Tech hold on to its lead in the game, Raider starter David Therneau, who went 6 1/3 inning, would pick up the win. Jimmy Frush was on the hill for Tech at the time that the game was suspended. Spencer Van Linge had retired the Red Raiders in order in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Game One
Nebraska   3 (22-26)                                      Texas Tech 9 (38-5)
Name (Pos)                 AB  R  H RBI  BB SO PO  A      Name (Pos)                 AB  R  H RBI  BB SO PO  A
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Francis Collins cf........  4  1  2  0    0  1  1  0      Keith Ginter 2b...........  5  1  1  1    0  0  0  4
Kevin Harrington 2b.......  4  0  0  1    0  2  1  4      Jason Landreth lf.........  4  3  2  1    1  1  0  0
Todd Sears 1b.............  4  0  1  0    0  2  9  0      Joe Dillon 1b.............  4  1  3  0    1  0 13  0
Ken Harvey dh.............  4  1  1  1    0  2  0  0      Josh Bard c...............  4  1  1  4    1  0 10  0
Gabe Garcia rf............  4  1  2  0    0  0  4  0      Brandon Toro rf...........  4  1  1  0    0  1  0  0
Bryan Schmidt ss..........  4  0  1  0    0  1  1  5      Carter Ayers dh...........  2  0  0  0    0  1  0  0
Michael Knust lf..........  4  0  1  0    0  1  2  0      Shane Langen ph/dh........  1  0  0  0    0  0  0  0
Erik Mumm pr..............  0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0      Jess Oliveras ss..........  4  1  2  3    0  0  2  3
Andrew Sawyers c..........  4  0  1  1    0  1  5  1      Jason Huth 3b.............  3  0  1  0    0  0  0  4
Cliffton Durham 3b........  2  0  0  0    0  0  1  0      Duane Price cf............  1  1  0  0    2  1  2  0
Kenny Duebelbeis p........  0  0  0  0    0  0  0  1      Chris Shuffield ph/cf.....  0  0  0  0    1  0  0  0
Brandon Banuelos p........  0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0      Jake Rinehart pr/cf.......  0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0
                                                          Jason Gooding p...........  0  0  0  0    0  0  0  1
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Totals.................... 34  3  9  3    0 10 24 11      Totals.................... 32  9 11  9    6  4 27 12
Score by innings:                      R  H  E
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Nebraska              100 000 110   -  3  9  2
Texas Tech            100 151 01    -  9 11  0
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E - A. Sawyers (8), K.Duebelbeis.
DP - Nebraska 2, Texas Tech 2. 
LOB - Nebraska 5, Texas Tech 7.
2B - Gabe Garcia (14), B. Schmidt (6), J. Dillon 2 (13), Brandon Toro (13), J. Oliveras (13). 
3B - F. Collins (2).
HR - Ken Harvey (2), K. Ginter (13), J. Landreth (5), J. Oliveras (6).
SB - Jason Huth (12). CS - Jason Huth (8).
SH - C. Ayers (2).
Nebraska               IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  AB  BF     Texas Tech             IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  AB  BF
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Kenny Duebelbeis....  5.1   9   8   8   5   4  25  31     Jason Gooding.......  9.0   9   3   3   0  10  34  35
Brandon Banuelos....  2.2   2   1   1   1   0   7   9
Winner - J. Gooding 10-0.  Loser - K.Duebelbeis 3-3.  Save - None.
WP - K.Duebelbeis (5).
HBP - by J. Gooding (C. Durham), by B. Banuelos (Jason Huth).
Umpires - Home:Dave Carter  1st:D. Sooter  3rd:C. Alexander
Start: 3 p.m.   Time: 2:06   Attendance: 1390

Game One Play-by-Play

Nebraska inning 1
F. Collins tripled to left center. K.Harrington grounded out to ss, RBI; F. Collins scored. Todd Sears flied out to cf. Ken Harvey grounded out to 2b. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Texas Tech inning 1
K. Ginter flied out to rf. J. Landreth walked. J. Dillon doubled to left field; J. Landreth advanced to third. Josh Bard grounded out to ss, RBI; J. Landreth scored. Brandon Toro struck out. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Nebraska inning 2
Gabe Garcia singled to center field. B. Schmidt grounded into double play 2b to ss to 1b; Gabe Garcia out on the play. M. Knust grounded out to 3b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Texas Tech inning 2
C. Ayers flied out to rf. J. Oliveras flied out to rf to right center. Jason Huth singled to right center. Duane Price walked; Jason Huth advanced to second. K. Ginter grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Nebraska inning 3
A. Sawyers grounded out to 3b. C. Durham popped up to 1b. F. Collins singled to third base, bunt. K.Harrington struck out. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Texas Tech inning 3
J. Landreth struck out looking. J. Dillon flied out to cf. Josh Bard flied out to rf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Nebraska inning 4
Todd Sears singled to center field. Ken Harvey struck out. Gabe Garcia popped up to 1b. B. Schmidt doubled down the rf line; Todd Sears advanced to third. M. Knust struck out. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Texas Tech inning 4
Brandon Toro doubled to center field. C. Ayers grounded out to p, bunt, SAC; Brandon Toro advanced to third. J. Oliveras doubled to left center, RBI; Brandon Toro scored. Jason Huth grounded out to 2b; J. Oliveras advanced to third. Duane Price struck out. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Nebraska inning 5
A. Sawyers struck out looking. C. Durham fouled out to 1b. F. Collins flied out to cf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Texas Tech inning 5
K. Ginter homered, RBI. J. Landreth singled to left field. J. Dillon doubled to right field; J. Landreth advanced to third. Josh Bard singled to center field, 2 RBI; J. Dillon scored; J. Landreth scored. Brandon Toro flied out to lf. C. Ayers struck out. J. Oliveras homered to left field, 2 RBI; Josh Bard scored. Jason Huth flied out to lf. 5 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Nebraska inning 6
K.Harrington grounded out to 2b. Todd Sears struck out. Ken Harvey struck out. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Texas Tech inning 6
Duane Price walked. K. Ginter reached on a fielder's choice; Duane Price advanced to second on an error by p. J. Landreth popped up to 1b; Duane Price advanced to third. K. Ginter advanced to second on a wild pitch. J. Dillon walked. Josh Bard walked, RBI; J. Dillon advanced to second; K. Ginter advanced to third; Duane Price scored. B. Banuelos to p for K.Duebelbeis. Brandon Toro hit into double play 2b to ss to 1b; Josh Bard out on the play. 1 run, 0 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.

Nebraska inning 7
Gabe Garcia doubled down the lf line. B. Schmidt grounded out to 3b. M. Knust grounded out to 3b. A. Sawyers singled to center field, RBI; Gabe Garcia scored. C. Durham hit by pitch; A. Sawyers advanced to second. F. Collins struck out. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Texas Tech inning 7
S. Langen pinch hit. S. Langen to dh for C. Ayers. S. Langen fouled out to 3b. J. Oliveras grounded out to ss. Jason Huth hit by pitch. C. Shuffield pinch hit. C. Shuffield to cf for Duane Price. Jason Huth stole second, advanced to third on an error by c. C. Shuffield walked. J. Rinehart pinch ran for C. Shuffield. Jason Huth out at home c to 2b to c, caught stealing. 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Nebraska inning 8
J. Rinehart to cf. K.Harrington struck out. Todd Sears struck out. Ken Harvey homered, RBI. Gabe Garcia grounded out to p. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Texas Tech inning 8
K. Ginter grounded out to ss. J. Landreth homered, RBI. J. Dillon singled to left field. Josh Bard hit into double play 2b to 1b; J. Dillon out on the play. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Nebraska inning 9
J. Gooding to p for J. Landreth. S. Langen to lf. / for J. Gooding. B. Schmidt struck out looking. M. Knust singled to center field. Erik Mumm pinch ran for M. Knust. A. Sawyers hit into double play 2b to ss to 1b; Erik Mumm out on the play. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Game Notes:
With Jason Gooding winning his tenth game the Red Raiders have had pitchers in double figure wins seven consecutive years...Others accomplishing that feat include Mark Brandenberg and Matt Miller (twice each)...Keith Ginter extended his hitting streak to 21 games...Tech has homered in 36 games.

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