Bettis, Stewart Pitch Tech Past Northern Illinois 8-5|
March 9, 2008
SAN MARCOS, Texas - Freshman right-hander Chad Bettis logged six strong innings and Zach Stewart earned his first career save to lead the Texas Tech Red Raiders to an 8-5 win over Northern Illinois on Sunday afternoon at Bobcat Field in San Marcos.
Northern Illinois (2-6) jumped out to an early lead in the top half of the first inning thanks to a clutch two-out, two RBI single by Danny Reed that scored Jordin Hood and Dave Reynolds.
Texas Tech (7-6) scratched out a run in the bottom half of the first to pull within a run as Taylor Ashby drove in Chris Hall who led off the inning on a two-base throwing error by Husky third baseman Jordin Hood.
The Red Raiders grabbed their first lead of the game in the bottom half of the third as Tech pounded out three runs to take a 4-2 advantage. Junior right fielder Roger Kieschnick got Tech going with a single up the middle and senior first baseman Doug Thennis moved him to third with a double down the left field line. Sophomore left fielder Taylor Ashby drove in the first run with a single to left and James Leverton reached on an error by Hood in the next at-bat but that was enough to bring home Thennis as the go ahead run. Junior center fielder Tanner Rindels, who finished the game with a season-high three hits, drove in the final run with an RBI single to right.
Tech built its lead to 6-3 with single runs in the fourth and sixth innings before the Huskies mounted a late rally in the seventh. Northern Illinois finally chased away Tech right-hander Chad Bettis in the top half of the seventh as the Huskies got Joe Bonavalonto on base via a fielding error by shortstop Chris Hall and then a double by center fielder Pat Minogue. Tech went to its bullpen for designated hitter James Leverton who came in and gave up a single to center that scored Bonavalonto but a throwing error by third baseman Jason Seefeld allowed the Huskies to cut the Tech lead to one (6-5) as Minogue scored easily on the play. Leverton retired the next two batters on strikeouts and closer Zach Stewart entered the game and ended the threat by striking out Danny Reed.
As he has done all season long, Roger Kieschnick came through for the Red Raiders in the bottom of the eighth as he blasted a solo home run to right-center field on the first offering from Husky reliever Andy Deain. An RBI single by Leverton gave Tech a three-run cushion at 8-5.
Freshman right-hander Chad Bettis (2-0) turned in his third solid outing of the year as he logged six strong innings and allowed just three earned runs (five total) and struckout seven. Adam Holdenrid (1-1) was charged with the loss for Northern Illinois as he gave up five runs (three earned) on 10 hits and struckout three over 4 1/3 innings.
Texas Tech will wrap up play here in San Marcos on Monday afternoon as the Red Raiders will get a rematch with Texas State at 2:30 p.m. Texas State defeated the Red Raiders 14-3 on Saturday evening.