Home Runs Lead Tech To 10-8 Win Over UNC Asheville
March 9, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech scored eight runs in the first two innings led by home runs from Matt Smith and James Leverton and the Red Raiders held on for a 10-8 win over UNC Asheville on Thursday evening at Dan Law Field.
The win bumps Texas Tech's overall record to 13-6 and 8-1 at Dan Law Field while UNC Asheville falls to 5-10.
After spotting UNC Asheville a run in the top of the first, the Red Raiders took over the lead with four runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. A leadoff triple by Joey Callender and a walk by Brian Capps helped set up a scoring chance for Tyler Reves and he delivered with an RBI single through the left side to tie the game at 1-1. Matt Smith gave the Red Raiders the lead for good in the next at-bat when he belted a three-run homer just left of the monster in center field.
Leading 4-1 in the bottom of the second, Tech tacked on four more runs to extend the lead to 8-1. Senior center fielder Brian Capps got Tech rolling with an RBI single that scored Willie Rueda from second. Rueda reached on a walk in the leadoff at-bat of the inning and moved into scoring position on a balk by UNC Asheville starter Tim Johnson. Freshman first baseman James Leverton picked up his fourth home run of the year and second in as many games when he delivered a three-run dinger into the Tech bullpen in left field. Leverton's home-run pushed the Tech lead to seven runs and would mark the final RBIs of the game for the Red Raiders.
UNC Asheville pulled within three by plating four runs in the top of the fourth. The Bulldogs picked up a total of five hits in the frame and got an RBI double from Kyle Smith and RBI singles from Tony Campana and Kevin Mattison.
What turned out to be the winning runs for the Red Raiders came in the bottom of the sixth when UNC Asheville reliever Graham Baughn uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Matt Smith to score from third and Blair Wilkins from second. Smith got Tech going in the inning when he got on base with a leadoff walk and Wilkins reached after being hit by a pitch.
Junior reliever Colt Hynes picked up his first save of the season by pitching the final 1 1/3 shutout innings and allowed two hits in six at-bats. Carleton Hargrove earned the win in 2 1/3 innings of relief giving up one run on three hits. Tim Johnson was charged with the loss for UNC-Asheville after giving up nine runs on 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings.
Texas Tech will try and clinch the series on Friday evening when these two teams meet again at Dan Law Field. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.
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