Odom Pitches Tech Past Northern Illinois, 4-1|
Feb. 25, 2007
LUBBOCK, Texas - Senior left-hander Aaron Odom allowed just one run in his first career complete game to lead Texas Tech to a 4-1, series clinching win over Northern Illinois on Sunday afternoon at Dan Law Field.
The win gives Texas Tech a 9-4 mark on the season while Northern Illinois falls to 1-2. The Red Raiders travel to Albuquerque on Tuesday where they will face the New Mexico Lobos at Isotopes Park beginning at 4 p.m. (CT).
Aaron Odom and Northern Illinois' Mark Badgley engaged in a classic pitcher's dual through 6 1/3 innings as neither team could mount a serious scoring opportunity. The Red Raiders finally got on the board in the bottom half of the seventh when the Red Raiders finally chased Badgley with a James Leverton double and a walk by Ben Baker. Senior shortstop Kyle Martin drove in the first run of the game with a hard hit single up the middle off reliever Dave Nykiel that scored Leverton from second. A wild pitch by Nykiel allowed Tech to go ahead 2-0 as Baker scored easily from third.
Northern Illinois scratched out its only run of the game in the top of the eighth as designated hitter Brett Kellam led off the inning with a solo home run to left.
Tech tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth on a Chris Hall pinch hit RBI single and a wild pitch by NIU reliever Matt German.
Aaron Odom improved to 2-0 on the season as he logged his first career complete game, allowing just one run on six hits and fanned five. Mark Badgley took the loss for the Huskies as he gave up two runs on three hits over 6 1/3 innings and struckout eight.