Butler Pitches Tech Past Campbell, 5-3
March 3, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas - Senior right-hander Zach Butler pitched a career-long 7 1/3 innings and designated hitter Tyler Reves went 2-for-5 with an RBI to lead Texas Tech to a 5-3 win over Campbell on Friday afternoon at Dan Law Field.
The win snaps Tech's two-game losing skid and evens this three-game series at 1-1. The series finale is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon at Dan Law Field.
Texas Tech (10-5) fell behind early as Campbell plated single runs in the first and third innings. The Camels took advantage of a rocky start by Zach Butler in the first as he gave up two hits, including an RBI single by Ricky Howard.
Blair Waggett gave Campbell a 2-0 lead in the top of third when he hit a one-out solo home run over the left field fence. The home run was his second of the season and the third of his Campbell career.
The Red Raiders scored their first runs of the game in the bottom of the fourth and took a 3-2 lead. A throwing error by Campbell second baseman Daniel Smith allowed Joey Callender to reach safely and Blair Wilkins to score the tying run. Tech took its first lead of the game when Brian Capps laced an RBI single down to third base and allowed Jason Seefeld to score the go-ahead run.
The Red Raiders plated their final two runs of the game in the bottom of the seventh to take a 5-2 advantage. Junior designated hitter Tyler Reves and freshman left fielder Roger Kieschnick picked up a pair of RBI singles to extend the lead.
Randy Gattis came in and closed the door on the Camels and in the process picked up his second save of the season. Gattis pitched the final 1 1/3 innings allowing one hit and struckout two.
Zach Butler (2-0) turned in another solid effort in what was just his second appearance of the season and his first career start. Butler tossed a career-long 7 1/3 innings allowing three earned runs on seven hits and struckout three. John Emmert (0-2) took the loss for Campbell by giving up three runs (one earned) on six hits over five innings.
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