No. 9 Wichita State Edges No. 21 Tech 6-5 In 10 Innings
March 13, 2005
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - No. 9 Wichita State used a two-out two-run rally in the bottom of the 10th inning to give No. 21 Texas Tech a 6-5 loss on Sunday afternoon at Dedeaux Field in Los Angeles, Calif.
Texas Tech (15-5) was the first team to strike as senior catcher Cooper Fouts was hit by a pitch with two outs in the top of the third. Senior outfielder Cody Fuller scored Fouts all the way from first when he ripped an RBI double to the gap in right-center.
Wichita State (16-3) evened the score in the bottom half of the third when left fielder Tyler Hill punched an RBI single up the middle that allowed third baseman Tad Reida to score from second. Reida led off the half inning with a single to right and moved to second on a single by Blake Hurlbutt.
Back-to-back walks in the top of the fourth helped set up a sacrifice fly by junior left fielder Chris Williams and that gave the Red Raiders a 2-1 lead.
Senior shortstop Cameron Blair pushed Tech's lead to 3-1 in the top of the fifth when he hit a bases loaded sacrifice fly to deep right center field and that allowed Fouts to score from third. Fouts reached with a one-out single to left field to set up the scoring chance for the Red Raiders.
Wichita State shortstop Nick McCoola extended his hitting streak to 17 games with an RBI single to right that scored center fielder Kenny Waddell from third. The RBI single brought the Shockers within one at 3-2.
After Tech took a 4-2 lead in the top of the seventh, Wichita State came back and tied the score with two runs in the bottom half of the frame. A double to the gap in right-center by Hurlbutt brought the Schockers with one at 4-3 and McCoola followed up with a game-tying RBI single through the right side.
Tech reliever Tanner McElroy recorded the first two outs in the bottom of the 10th before walking Hill and making him the tying run. Derek Schermerhorn tied the game with a base hit through the right side and second baseman Damon Sublett singled to right for the game winner.
The loss was the first of the season for McElroy who fell to 0-1 after giving up his first runs in over 13 innings of work. Kyle Touchatt earned the win for Wichita State and improved to 3-0 on the year.
Texas Tech returns to action on Tuesday as the Red Raiders take on the Houston Cougars in Midland at First American Bank Ballpark. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
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