Red Raiders Fall In Series Finale, 2-1
Feb. 4, 2007
LUBBOCK, Texas - Stephen F. Austin scored single runs in the third and fourth innings and held on for a 2-1 win over Texas Tech in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Dan Law Field. The series ends in a 1-1 tie after the first game of the series was cancelled on Friday due to inclement weather.
The loss drops Texas Tech to 1-1 on the season and the series between the Red Raiders and Stephen F. Austin ends in a 1-1 tie as Tech took the opener yesterday 4-3 in 11 innings.
For the second day in a row, Stephen F. Austin jumped out to an early lead as the Lumberjacks plated a single run in the top of the third. Designated hitter Justin Long deposited a two-out fastball offering from Miles Morgan into left field and that allowed David Jeans to score easily from second. Jeans led off the frame with a single through the left side and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Justin Roland.
SFA right fielder Jared Pitts extended the Lumberjack lead to 2-0 in the top of the fourth with a lead off home run that went sailing over the fence in left field.
Texas Tech finally broke its scoreless stretch in the bottom half of the eighth thanks to a defensive meltdown by SFA. The Lumberjacks committed two fielding errors in the frame which led to tow-out bases loaded situation. Junior third baseman Doug Thennis drew a walk from reliever Lance Luetge that scored Geoff Byrns from third and ended the SFA shutout attempt. Freshman second baseman Chris Hall wasn't able to keep the rally going as he grounded out in the next at-bat and that gave Tech 11 stranded batters for the ballgame.
Tech would strand three more runners in the bottom of the ninth inning as James Leverton grounded out on a 3-1 count with the bases loaded to end the ballgame. Tech's 14 stranded runners in the game was the most since stranding 13 against College of the Southwest on April 27, 2005.
Miles Morgan was charged with the loss for Texas Tech as he gave up two runs on four hits and walked three. Lance Luetge earned the win in relief by tossing 3 1/3 innings allowing one run on three hits.
Texas Tech continues its home stand on Tuesday as the Red Raiders face the New Mexico Lobos at Dan Law Field beginning at 3 p.m.
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