Miscues Cost Tech Dearly As Huskers Prevail 13-1|
March 16, 2007
LUBBOCK, Texas - Nebraska's Charlie Shirek pitched seven solid innings while Mitch Abeita and Steve Edlefsen added three RBIs each to lead the 16th-ranked Huskers to a commanding 13-1 win over Texas Tech on Friday evening at Dan Law Field.
The loss drops Texas Tech to 16-8 on the season and 1-1in the Big 12 while Nebraska improves to 10-6 and 1-1 in league play.
Nebraska jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning and never looked back as Nebraska starter Charlie Shirek (2-2) held the Red Raiders in check for seven innings. Shirek allowed just one run on five hits and struckout seven to improve to 2-2 on the season.
Craig Corriston plated the first two runs of the game for the Huskers when he delivered a two-RBI single with the bases loaded.
After the Huskers took a 3-0 lead with a single run in the top of the fourth, the Red Raiders had a prime opportunity go to waste in the bottom half of the fourth. A wild pitch on a strikeout by Joey Kenworthy and back-to-back fielding errors by Nebraska gave Tech a bases loaded situation with no outs. Unfortunately for the Red Raiders, Tech wasn't able to take advantage as Shirek retired the next three batters to end the threat.
From that point on, the game snowballed for the Red Raiders as the Huskers tacked on a combined seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings to take a 10-0 lead. Texas Tech avoided a shutout in the bottom of the sixth when Kyle Martin laced an RBI single to left field that scored Matt Smith from second.
Aaron Odom (3-2) suffered his second straight loss as he gave up six runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings of work.
Texas Tech will try and clinch the series on Saturday afternoon when the two teams meet for the series finale at 2 p.m.