Texas Tech Tops No. 16 Nebraska In Extra Innings|
March 15, 2007
LUBBOCK, Texas - Freshman second baseman Joey Kenworthy scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift the Texas Tech Red Raiders to a 7-6 win over No. 16 Nebraska in the Big 12 opener for both teams on Thursday evening at Dan Law Field.
The win gives Texas Tech a 16-7 overall record and a 1-0 mark in the Big 12. The win over Nebraska marks just the third Big 12 opening win for Texas Tech since the league began back in 1997.
After giving up chances to win the game in both the ninth and 10th innings, the Red Raiders finally took advantage in the bottom of the 11th thanks to pair of freshman. Designated hitter Taylor Ashby led off the frame with his first hit of the game but was thrown out when rounding third on a hard hit double by Kenworthy. Kenworthy was able to move to third base on the throw out of Ashby and that set up the game winning run. Nebraska reliever Mike Harmelink gave the game away when he threw a ball in the dirt that allowed Kenworthy to score easily from third.
Texas Tech held a 6-5 lead going into the bottom of the ninth but Tech closer Collin Auten walked the first two batters of the inning and pitching coach Lance Brown was forced to go to the bullpen in favor of Travis Young. With runners at second and third with just one out, Young let a ball go in the dirt and Jake Opitz scored easily from third to tie the game.
Tech and Nebraska stranded a total 28 runners on the base paths and the Red Raiders left a pair of runners on board in both the ninth and 10th innings.
Travis Young (2-0) picked up the win in relief for Texas Tech as he pitched three shutout innings with two strikeouts. Mike Harmelink suffered the loss for Nebraska after giving up one run on two hits in 1/3 of an inning.
Texas Tech will go for the series win on Friday evening when the two teams meet for the second game of this series at 6:30 p.m.