Texas Tech Overcomes Northern Illinois 13-7|
Feb. 11, 2005
Texas Tech (2-0) took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when senior center fielder Cody Fuller hit an RBI single that allowed freshman first baseman Josh Wilson to score from third. Wilson picked up the first hit of the game for the Red Raiders when he laced an RBI single with one out in the frame.
Northern Illinois (0-1) came storming back in the top of the fourth as the Huskies plated two runs to take a 2-1 lead. Nine-hole hitter Eric Sansouci put NIU in the lead with a two-RBI double to left field that plated Kyle Cherney and Brian Toner.
Mike Santoro gave the Huskies a 4-1 edge in the top of the fifth lead when he blasted a two-run home run over the Texas Tech bullpen in left field.
Texas Tech regained its lead in the bottom half of the fifth as Tech chased away starter Nick Hall who gave up three straight hits to start the inning. Junior third baseman Trey Stewart launched a bases loaded two-RBI double that brought Tech to within one, 4-3. Senior right fielder Madison Edwards followed Stewart's lead in the next at-bat as he gave Tech a 5-4 cushion with a two-RBI single through the left side.
The Huskies continued the seesaw battle in the top of the sixth as they regained the lead 6-5 with a two-run outburst. Tug Gillingham picked up an RBI double while Sansouci laced an RBI single to account for the scoring.
Texas Tech took control of the game for good in the next two innings as the Red Raiders rattled the Northern Illinois bullpen for eight runs on eight hits. The Husky defense committed three errors in the seventh which led to three unearned runs.
Junior reliever Zach Butler (1-0) picked up the win for Texas Tech in 2 2/3 innings of relief as he allowed one earned run on four hits and struckout two. Junior right-hander Carleton Hargrove (1) earned the save after tossing the final 1 1/3 innings allowing just one hit.
Texas Tech and Northern Illinois will continue the three-game series on Saturday afternoon at Dan Law Field. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.