Tech Earns Series Sweep Of UNC Asheville|
March 11, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas - Tyler Reves first career grand slam in the fifth inning helped jumpstart the Texas Tech offense as the Red Raiders picked up their second series sweep of the season with a 7-4 win over UNC Asheville on Saturday afternoon.
The win moves Texas Tech to 15-6 on the season and to 10-1 at Dan Law Field while UNC Asheville falls to 5-12.
UNC Asheville put the Red Raiders on their heels for the first four innings of the game as the Bulldogs made several outstanding defensive plays to help build a 4-0 lead. After going down in order in the top of the first, the Bulldogs plated two runs on four hits off Tech starter Miles Morgan.
The Bulldogs extended their lead to 4-0 with two runs in the fourth on a two-RBI single from center fielder Tony Campana.
The Red Raiders got the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth and Tyler Reves drove a 1-0 curveball over the fence in left field for his first career grand slam. The grand slam was his sixth home run of the season and his first grand slam at any level (high school, junior college, and now Texas Tech).
With the game tied at 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh, Brian Capps gave Tech the lead with an RBI sacrifice bunt that allowed Willie Rueda to score from third. Rueda reached on a one-out single and then stole second and went on to third thanks to a throwing error by Bulldog catcher by Edmund Locklear.
The Red Raiders tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth to take a 7-4 lead. Both Tech runs came with two outs in the inning as Roger Kieschnick and Rueda drove in runs with RBI singles.
Colt Hynes (2-0) picked up his second win of the season when he replaced Miles Morgan in the fifth. Morgan had given up four runs on nine hits in the first four frames but Hynes held the Bulldogs scoreless over the next three innings allowing just one hit and struckout two. Junior left-hander Aaron Odom pitched two shutout innings for the second straight day and earned his first save of the year.
Texas Tech will take a three-game win streak to Roswell, N.M. on Tuesday where the Red Raiders will face the New Mexico State Aggie at New Mexico Military Institute. First pitch is set for 8 p.m. (CT).