Red Raiders Edge St. John's 5-4
Feb. 19, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas - Freshman right fielder James Leverton was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth and that allowed pinch runner David Groener to score the winning run as Tech came from behind to defeat St. Johns 5-4 on Sunday afternoon.
Texas Tech improves to 5-3 on the season and will hit the diamond again on Monday as Tech has added a game with Eastern New Mexico at 3:30 p.m. Tech fans whom had tickets for either of the St. John's games that were cancelled over the weekend can use those tickets for tomorrow's game against the Greyhounds.
Senior center fielder Brian Capps came up big in the clutch again for the Red Raiders in the bottom of the eighth when he tied the ballgame with an RBI single. Capps hit a hard grounder up the middle and that allowed shortstop Kyle Martin to score easily from second and tied the game at 4-4.
Texas Tech grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on an RBI sacrifice fly by catcher Matt Smith and an RBI double by freshman right fielder Roger Kieschnick. Smith pushed the Red Raider lead to 3-0 in the third with an RBI single that scored Brian Capps.
Texas Tech elected to only use starter Miles Morgan for three innings and he was highly effective in his third straight outing. The redshirt freshman from Lubbock Coronado struckout three batters, allowed just two hits and threw a total of 36 pitches. All four runs by the Red Storm came in the fourth and fifth inning off Tech reliever Aaron Odom.
St. John's tied the game with a three-run fourth inning as the Red Storm picked up four hits and took advantage of a hit batter and a Tech defensive error. The Red Raiders relinquished the lead in the top of the fourth on an RBI double by Red Storm left fielder Eddie Schultz.
A leadoff hit by junior designated hitter Tyler Reeves jumpstarted the Tech rally in the ninth and Tech went on to load the bases with a walk and a hard hit single to center by Roger Kieschnick. St. John's reliever Anthony Smith ended the game when he hit James Leverton on a 2-1 count and the bases loaded.
Junior right-hander Randy Gattis picked up his second straight win for the Red Raiders out of the bullpen as he pitched the final two innings. The magic number was two for Gattis as he allowed just two hits, struckout two and improved to 2-0 on the young season. Nick Luisi was tagged with the loss for St. John's and fell to 0-1.
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