Red Raiders Edge Northern Illinois 6-5|
Feb. 23, 2007
LUBBOCK, Texas - Sophomore right-hander AJ Ramos pitched seven strong innings and Roger Kieschnick went 2-for-4 with an RBI to lead Texas Tech to a 6-5 win over Northern Illinois on Friday afternoon at Dan Law Field.
The win pushes the Tech win streak to seven games as the Red Raiders now sit at 8-3 on the season while Northern Illinois falls to 0-1.
Texas Tech took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second on an RBI single by sophomore first baseman James Leverton. Leverton's two-out single scored Doug Thennis who reached after being hit by NIU starter Trevor Feeney.
The Red Raiders extended their lead to 4-0 with three runs in the bottom of the third. Senior shortstop Kyle Martin and sophomore right fielder Roger Kieschnick collected back-to-back home runs in the frame while Thennis added an RBI double.
Tech's four-run cushion didn't last long as Northern Illinois came firing back with four runs in the top of the fourth. NIU led off the frame with three straight hits to load the bases and Scott Simon drove in the first two runs with a double to left center field. Right fielder Danny Reed tied the game with a two-out, two RBI single to center that made the score 4-4.
As has been Tech's strong suit all season, the Red Raiders manufactured the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh as Chris Hall laid down a safety squeeze bunt that allowed James Leverton to score from third. Leverton, who led off the frame with single, moved to second on a groundout by Willie Rueda and then moved to third on a passed ball by NIU catcher Matt Behren.
The Red Raiders scored what turned out to be the winning run in the bottom of the eighth on a throwing error by Behren. Behren attempted to throw out Taylor Ashby who was stealing second but the throw went wild and allowed Geoff Byrns to score from third. Byrns keyed the Tech rally by leading off the eighth with a single through the left side.
Collin Auten held off a late Huskie comeback in the top of the ninth to pick up his fourth save of the season. AJ Ramos (3-1) picked up his third win of the season after tossing seven innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and struckout eight.
Texas Tech returns to action on Saturday evening as they face Northern Illinois in the second game of this three-game series at 6 p.m.