Kieschnick, Odom Power Texas Tech Past Western Illinois, 12-2|
Feb. 11, 2007
LUBBOCK, Texas - Sophomore Roger Kieschnick hit his second career grand slam and senior left-hander Aaron Odom pitched six solid innings to lead Texas Tech to a commanding 12-2 win over Western Illinois on Sunday afternoon at Dan Law Field.
The win gives Texas Tech a 3-3 overall record and a 2-1 mark in the 2007 Red Raider Classic.
The Red Raiders fell behind early as Western Illinois jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on an RBI double by Peter Schneider. Schneider's hit plated third baseman Jake Corley who reached on a one-out single.
Freshman center fielder Taylor Ashby knotted the game up at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth with a RBI sacrifice fly to left field. Ashby's sacrifice allowed designated hitter Matt Smith to come home after leading off the inning with a double to left.
Roger Kieschnick broke the game wide open for the Red Raiders in the bottom half of the fifth when he belted a grand slam home run over the bullpen in left field. The home run marked his second of the season and gave Tech a 5-1 lead.
The Red Raiders added six more runs over the next two innings including four in the bottom of the seventh. Junior third baseman Doug Thennis gave Tech a 12-1 advantage when he belted a three-run homer over the fence in left field. The dinger was his first of the season.
Aaron Odom (1-0) gave Tech just what they were looking for on the mound as he allowed just one run and scattered five hits over six innings of work. Joe Rodrigues was saddled with the loss for Western Illinois as he surrendered seven runs on five hits over 1 2/3 innings of relief.
Texas Tech will close out the 2007 Red Raider Classic on Monday afternoon with a 2 p.m. game against Western Illinois.