Morgan Fans Seven In 14-5 Win Over Lousiana-Monroe|
Feb. 4, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas - Redshirt freshman Miles Morgan fanned seven batters over five innings while freshmen Roger Kieschnick and James Leverton added three RBI to lead Texas Tech to a 15-4 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday afternoon at Dan Law Field.
The Red Raiders (2-0) struck early for the second day in a row as Tech plated two runs in the bottom of the first to grab the early lead. The lead was extended to 5-0 over the next two frames on the bats of Joey Callender and Roger Kieschnick. Callender and Kieschnick both notched RBI in the second while Drew Evans scored on a fielding error in the third.
Trailing 7-1 in the top of the fifth, Louisiana-Monroe made a run and pulled within three by plating three runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Tech pitching coach Lance Brown went to his bullpen and found junior left-hander Colt Hynes who came in and pitched perfectly for 1 2/3 innings. Hynes faced just five batters and struckout three to put a halt to the Indian rally.
The Tech offense came to life in the seventh as the Red Raiders plated five runs in the frame and then added three more in the eighth. Junior shortstop Kyle Martin keyed the Tech rally with an RBI single and that helped set up a two-RBI triple by Kieschnick. Sophomore catcher Matt Smith put the finishing touches on Tech's five-run rally with a monster two-run homer that went sailing over the left field fence. The home run was his second in as many days and tied his career total coming into this season.
Tech got more offensive production from another true freshman in the bottom of the eighth when James Leverton pinch hit for Callender. Leverton made the most of his at-bat by lacing a three-run dinger to into the left field bullpen.
Despite the big offensive numbers, the afternoon belonged to redshirt freshman Miles Morgan (1-0). Morgan, a product of Lubbock Coronado High School, earned his first career win by tossing five innings, allowing one earned run on four hits and striking out seven. David Mixon (0-1) was charged with the loss for Louisiana-Monroe as he surrendered six earned runs on eight hits over 3 2/3 innings.
Texas Tech will go for the series sweep on Sunday afternoon as the two teams play the final game of this three-game series at 1 p.m. Junior left-hander Aaron Odom will take the mound for Texas Tech and will be opposed by right-hander Ben Soignier.