Kieschnick Powers Tech Past Army 16-2|
Feb. 24, 2008
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Junior right fielder Roger Kieschnick went 4-for-6 with six RBIs, including two doubles, to lead Texas Tech to a commanding 16-2 win over the Army Black Knights on Sunday morning at the UTSA Baseball Classic at Wolff Stadium.
The win moves Texas Tech to 1-1 on the season while Army falls to 0-4.
After a day of total offensive frustration yesterday in the season opener against No. 19 Louisiana-Lafayette, the Red Raiders took out their aggression on the Army Black Knights in the first inning. The Red Raiders pounded out seven runs on four hits and took advantage of five walks by Army left-hander Matt Fouch. Junior right-fielder Roger Kieschnick was responsible for the first runs of the season as he laced a bases-loaded double to center field that gave Tech the early 2-0 lead.
A shaky inning defensively by the Red Raiders in the bottom of the second led to a pair of Army runs as the Black Knights closed the gap to five runs at 7-2. Second baseman Tony Capozzi put the Black Knights on the board with an RBI single while Sean Rainbird was able to score on a fielding error by Tech second baseman Willie Rueda.
Kieschnick's second RBI double of the game helped push the Tech lead to 9-2 in the top of the third. Doug Thennis plated Tech's first run in the frame as he also picked up his second double of the game and scored on a wild pitch by Fouch.
With the Red Raiders up 15-2 in the top of the eighth, Kieschnick continued his hot day at the plate as he blasted a solo home run over the right field wall to give Tech a 16-2 lead. The home run was his first of the season and the first of the year for any Tech player.
Freshman right-hander Chad Bettis (1-0) earned the win in his collegiate debut as he scattered two runs on three hits and struckout four in six innings of work. Matt Fouch (0-1) took the loss for Army after surrendering nine runs on eight hits and walked six in three innings.
Texas Tech is set to face the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles who are 3-0 so far this season after taking down No. 19 Louisiana-Lafayette yesterday afternoon here at Wolff Stadium. Game time is tentatively set for 2 p.m.
LP = Matt Fouch (0-1)
SV = None