Northern Iowa Holds Off No. 22 Texas Tech 9-7|
March 4, 2005
LUBBOCK, Texas - Northern Iowa ended a late Texas Tech rally in the ninth to hold off the 22-ranked Red Raiders 9-7 on Friday night at Dan Law Field in the first-game of a three-game weekend series.
The loss drops Texas Tech to 12-2 overall and puts an end to a six-game winning streak.
Northern Iowa (4-4) stormed out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first as the Panthers mounted a two-out rally off of Tech starter Randy Gattis. The Panthers racked up four hits on the sophomore right-hander and Tech was forced to pull senior Adam Fry from the bullpen.
The Panthers took a commanding 6-0 lead in the top of the third on a two-RBI double by designated hitter Clayton Daniels. Daniels plated shortstop Patrick Moran who reached on a fielder's choice and catcher Nate Trumm who singled to center.
The Red Raiders finally got on the board in the bottom half of the third when junior Chris Williams belted a solo home run to the right of the scoreboard in right-center field. The home run was his first of the season and the team's 15th.
After falling behind 8-3, Tech rebounded with a three-run bottom of the fifth. Junior second baseman Joey Callender notched a two-RBI single in the inning and he finished with a team-high two-RBI.
Texas Tech mounted a comeback in the final two innings as Tech plated three more runs including two in the ninth inning. Junior designated hitter Brian Capps represented the go-ahead run with two runners on and two-out in the bottom of the ninth but a strikeout by UNI reliever Eric DeJong ended the threat.
Hans Frey (1-0) earned the win in relief for Northern Iowa as he pitched 2 1/3 innings allowing one earned run on four hits. The save by DeJong in the ninth was his first of the season. Texas Tech's Randy Gattis was tagged with the loss as he allowed four earned runs on four hits in just 2/3 of an inning.
Texas Tech and Northern Iowa will play the second-game of this three-game series at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning at Dan Law Field.