Today's 14-5 win clinches the series for Texas Tech as the Red Raiders lead 2-0 and will go for the sweep on Sunday afternoon.
Today's win over Louisiana-Monroe gave head coach Larry Hays' his 1,427th career victory and that ties him with the legendary Cliff Gustafson (Texas). Hays needs just one more win to surpass Gustafson and become the third winningest coach (all-time) in NCAA history.
Red-shirt freshman and Lubbock product Miles Morgan turned in an outstanding effort on the mound today to earn him a win in his first appearance as a Red Raiders. Morgan finished the game with seven strikeouts and that is the most strikeouts by a freshman hurler at Texas Tech since Daniel Cole logged six against College of the Southwest on April 19, 1999.
For the second day in a row, freshman left fielder Roger Kieschnick led the team in RBI. Kieschnick along with fellow freshman and high school teammate James Leverton led the team with three RBI each. Kieschnick now has nine RBI in just two games this season.
Senior centerfielder Brian Capps has had a hot bat in these first two games going 4-for-6 at the plate yesterday and he turned in a 3-for-5 day today. Capps had just one three-plus hit game his entire junior season and has already double that number in 2006. He currently leads the team with a .636 average (7-for-11) and has two triples and two RBI.
Matt Smith's two-run home run gave him two dingers this season and that matches his entire total from his freshman campaign in 2005.
Freshman James Leverton's home run in the eighth was his first hit and first home run of his Texas Tech career.
Head Coach Larry Hays went to his youthful lineup again today but added even more youth with the start of redshirt freshman RHP Miles Morgan. Morgan gave Tech four freshmen in today's starting lineup.