Minor Pitches Huskies To 7-5 Win Over Texas Tech
Feb. 21, 2004
LUBBOCK, Texas - Husky southpaw Zach Minor scattered four hits in 6 2/3 innings and struckout seven to help pace Northern Illinois to a 7-5 win over Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon at Dan Law Field.
The win marks the first of the year for Northern Illinois as they now stand at 1-1 while Texas Tech falls to 6-2.
Northern Illinois took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning thanks to three consecutive hits by Mike Hochhauser, Greg Larson and Mike Kukla. Larson picked up an RBI triple in the inning while Kukla scored him on an RBI single up the middle.
The Red Raiders scored their first run of the game in the bottom of the second on an RBI single from freshman designated hitter David Steffey. Steffey plated junior right fielder Ryan Andrews who picked up a one-out single earlier in the inning.
The Huskies pushed their lead to two by scoring a single run in the top of the third on an RBI groundout by Scott Simon.
Northern Illinois broke the game open in the top of the seventh by scoring four runs on four hits and a critical two-run throwing error by shortstop Cameron Blair.
The Red Raiders found themselves down six runs in the bottom of the seventh and went to work as Tech put up a single run to pull with five. Blair plated the run with an RBI single to right field that scored pinch runner Marcus Lewis. Lewis was pinch-running for David Steffey who drew a leadoff walk.
The Husky bullpen walked the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth and Josh Brady plated the first run with a sacrifice fly to left. Reliever Trevor Wohlgemuth hit Josh Haney in the next at-bat to walk home Jacob Jones and pull Tech within two. Junior Madison Edwards flew out on the next pitch with the bases loaded to end the game.
Husky southpaw Zach Minor (1-0) had a stellar game on the hill for Northern Illinois as he baffled Tech hitters allowing just four hits in 6 2/3 innings. Minor held Tech to just two hits in the first six innings and struckout seven. Juan Razo (1-1) suffered the loss for Texas Tech as he gave up six earned runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Texas Tech and Northern Illinois will play the rubber match of the three-game series at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the stadium on game day or online at www.texastech.com.
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