Red Raiders Hold Off UNLV, 7-6|
March 6, 2007
The win pushes Texas Tech's overall record to 13-5 on the season and the Red Raiders will try and sweep the two-game series with UNLV (8-12) tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.
The Red Raiders were able to jump out to a 4-0 lead through four innings thanks to a solid start by senior transfer Trey Schurr. Schurr made his first Division I start tonight and logged four shutout innings allowing just two hits and struckout four in a no-decision.
Freshman designated hitter Taylor Ashby drove in the first run of the game in the bottom of the second with a triple down the right field line that scored Geoff Byrns who reached on a one-out single. Tech tacked on two runs in the bottom of the third when Matt Smith laced a two-RBI double to right field. Smith finished the evening with a game-high three RBI.
UNLV scratched out its first two runs of the game off Tech reliever Brian Cloud in the top of the fifth. Cloud gave up two hits in the frame and advanced runners on a wild pitch.
Roger Kieschnick's leadoff triple in the fifth gave Matt Smith the opportunity to drive in his third run of the game and he took advantage by hitting a sacrifice fly to right and Tech pushed its lead to 5-2. Tech added a pair of solo runs in the sixth and seventh innings and they ended up being crucial as the Rebels made a comeback in the ninth.
UNLV finally chased away Tech reliever Paul Gonzalez in the ninth when Chris Bonnell's two-run home run pulled the Rebels within one at 7-6. Tech closer Collin Auten entered the game and recorded the final two outs to squash the UNLV rally and earned his fifth save of the season.
Paul Gonzalez (2-1) picked up the win in relief for Tech as he logged 3 1/3 innings allowing two runs on three hits and struckout three. Kevin Skogley (0-2) suffered the loss for UNLV as he gave up six earned runs on eight hits over six innings of work.