Hays Moves Up On NCAA Win List With Sweep Of Louisiana-Monroe|
Feb. 5, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas - Brian Capps' RBI single in the bottom of the ninth lifted Texas Tech to an 11-10 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Sunday afternoon and made head coach Larry Hays the third winningest coach in NCAA history.
After a three-run rally by Louisiana-Monroe that tied the game in the top of the ninth, sophomore catcher Matt Smith jump started Tech's own rally with a single in the first at- bat of the frame. Freshman right fielder James Leverton moved Smith into scoring position with another single and that brought up senior center fielder Brian Capps with the chance for the game winner. Capps, who entered today's game with a .636 average, took advantage of the opportunity and delivered the game winning RBI with a hard hit single through the left side. The hit was his third of the game and 10th of the series.
The win gave head coach Larry Hays his 1,428th career win and that moves him past friend and former Southwest Conference foe Cliff Gustafson (Texas) to third place on the NCAA's all-time win list. Gustafson's coaching career at Texas lasted 29 seasons and he compiled 1,427 wins as the Longhorn skipper.
Early on it appeared Texas Tech was headed for another rout as the Red Raiders took an early 5-0 lead with four runs in the second and one in the third. The four-run second inning was highlighted by a three-run homer by sophomore first baseman Jason Seefeld.
Louisiana-Monroe cut the Tech lead to 8-7 with a four-run outburst in the top of the sixth. The Indians picked up five hits in the inning and took advantage of a Tech fielding miscue.
Tech got some cushion by scoring two runs in the seventh and one in the eighth. Freshman left fielder Roger Kieschnick continued his hot hitting when he belted his second home run of the game in the eighth, a towering shot over the scoreboard in right-center. Kieschnick knocked out his first home run of the game with a solo blast in the fifth.
The Tech pitching staff got a solid effort from starter Aaron Odom who tossed five innings allowing seven earned runs on nine hits and struckout five. Junior reliever Colt Hynes (1-0) picked up the win in relief by tossing the final 2/3 of the ninth. AJ Ford took the loss for Louisiana-Monroe after allowing three runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings.
Texas Tech will have a few days rest before suiting up again on Friday afternoon in the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park. Tech will face Rice at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Tulane at Noon on Saturday and will close out tournament play with an 11 a.m. game against Houston. Tickets for the Houston College Classic can be purchased by calling the Houston Astros at 1-877-9ASTROS.