Red Raiders Hold On For 13-11 Win Over Western Illinois
Feb. 12, 2007
LUBBOCK, Texas - Senior shortstop Kyle Martin hit two home runs and tied his career high of four RBIs while Collin Auten helped squash a late Western Illinois rally in the ninth to lead Texas Tech to a 13-11 win over the Leathernecks.
The win gives Texas Tech a three-game win streak as the Red Raiders improve to 4-3 on the season and finished the Red Raider Classic with a 3-1 record. Western Illinois falls to 3-2 on the year with both of their losses coming against Texas Tech.
Texas Tech stormed out to a 10-0 lead over the first three innings of the contest as the Red Raiders plated three in the first, five in the second and two in the third. Western Illinois starter Frank Zenisek only last 2/3 of an inning as he gave up three runs on five walks and three wild pitches.
Kyle Martin hit the first of his two home runs of the afternoon in the bottom of the second when he blasted a two-run shot to left field. Senior catcher Matt Smith followed Martin's lead as he added another two-run dinger to push the Tech lead to 7-0.
Martin added his third and fourth RBIs of the game in the bottom half of the third when he hit another two-run blast to left field. Martin now has three home runs this season and leads the squad with 10 RBIs.
Western Illinois plated a single run in the top of the fifth and then added four runs in the top of the sixth. The four-run rally in the sixth came off Tech reliever Josh Scofield who allowed four hits in the frame, including a three-run homer by Peter Schneider.
The Leathernecks made a fierce comeback in the top of the ninth off Tech relievers Jason Seefeld and Trey Schurr. Seefeld surrendered four runs in the top of then ninth before being replaced by Trey Schurr who then gave up a pair of runs that allowed the Leathernecks to pull within two. With the go-ahead run at the plate, Tech went to its bullpen for Collin Auten who retired Jerry Prina on a strikeout to end the game.
Sophomore left-hander Cory Large picked up his first career win as a Red Raider as he pitched two hitless innings allowing one walk and struckout three. Collin Auten earned his second save of the season by getting the Red Raiders out of the ninth inning jam.
Texas Tech will hit the road for the first time this season on Thursday as Red Raiders will open play in the 2007 Midland College Classic at Citibank Ballpark in Midland. Tech will face St. John's at 6 p.m.
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