UNLV Rebounds With 16-11 Win Over Texas Tech
March 8, 2006
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - UNLV scored 11 runs on nine hits and three home runs in the bottom of the fourth to overcome a four-deficit and defeated Texas Tech 16-11 on Tuesday afternoon at Earl Wilson Stadium.
The loss drops Texas Tech to 12-6 overall while UNLV improves to 7-10. Tech and UNLV split this midweek series as the Red Raiders won 9-0 on Monday evening.
Texas Tech stormed out to a 6-0 lead in the top of the first and the Red Raiders plated all their runs with two outs in the inning. Freshman first baseman James Leverton got Tech rolling with a three-run homer to left field that scored Tyler Reves and Matt Smith who reached on two-out singles. The home run was the third of the season for the freshman from Rockwall and his first since Feb. 5. Drew Evans plated Tech's fourth run of the frame with an RBI double to the gap in left field that scored Roger Kieschnick all the way from first. Jason Seefeld padded the Tech lead with a two-run homer to left and gave Tech its second multiple-home run inning of the season.
Matt Smith extended Tech's lead in the top of the second and again with two outs as he launched a two-run blast off the scoreboard in left field. A fielding error by UNLV shortstop Mike Cruz allowed Reves to reach safely at first and set up Smith's fourth home run of the year.
UNLV pulled within four with two runs in the bottom of the third. The Rebels scored two unearned runs after a fielding error by Tech third baseman Joey Callender extended the inning. Chad Miller plated both runs for the Rebels with a two-RBI double to center field.
The Rebels scored 11 runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 15-8 lead over the Red Raiders. UNLV pounded out nine hits and got three home runs including three-run dingers by Mike Cruz and Chris Bonnell.
David Dinsmoore (1-1) suffered the loss for Texas Tech in relief as he allowed six runs on five hits and last just 2/3 of an inning.
Texas Tech returns to action on Thursday evening when the Red Raiders open a three-game series against UNC Asheville. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. and will be the first night game of the season for the Red Raiders at Dan Law Field.
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