Red Raiders Edge UNC Asheville 8-7|
March 10, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas - Freshman Roger Kieschnick scored on a fielder's choice by James Leverton with one out in the bottom of the ninth to lift Texas Tech to an 8-7 win over UNC Asheville on Friday night at Dan Law Field.
The win clinches this three-game series against UNC Asheville and the Red Raiders (14-6) will try for the sweep on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. The loss drops UNC Asheville to 5-11 overall.
Kieschnick kept the Red Raiders alive in the bottom of the ninth when he laced a one-out single through the left side of the infield. Aggressive base running by the freshman from Rockwall, got him to third when junior right fielder Blair Wilkins followed him with a single to right. James Leverton brought in the winning run with a groundball hit to Bulldog shortstop Steve Burnich but his throw home wasn't in time to get Kieschnick.
After UNC Asheville took a 7-6 lead on a three-run home run by John Whited in the seventh, Tech catcher Matt Smith stepped up to the plate in the bottom half of the frame and tied the game with a solo home run to left field. Smith's home run was his sixth of the season and was his first solo blast of the year.
The Red Raiders took a 6-1 lead by scoring single runs in the second and third innings and exploded for four runs in the fifth. Freshman right-hander AJ Ramos helped pace the Tech effort as he turned in a career-high seven innings allowing six earned runs on 10 hits and struckout three. Ramos has now earned a no-decision in his last six outings.
Junior Aaron Odom (1-1) turned in his best performance of the year for the Red Raiders as he pitched two shutout innings and struckout four en route to his first win of the season. UNC Asheville's Ben Buchanan fell to 0-3 on the year after giving up one run on three hits in two innings of relief work.