Morgan Pitches Texas Tech Past No. 16 Texas, 2-1|
March 18, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas - Redshirt freshman Miles Morgan held No. 16 Texas to four hits and struckout 15 batters in a complete game effort to lead Texas Tech to a 2-1 win over the Longhorns in front of a season-high crowd of 4,244 on Saturday afternoon at Dan Law Field.
The win evens this three-game series at 1-1 and the two clubs are scheduled to play the rubber match at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Texas Tech's 2-1 win gives the Red Raiders a 17-7 overall record and 1-1 mark in conference play while Texas falls to 15-10 and 1-1.
Today's game never left the glove of redshirt freshman right-hander Miles Morgan who pitched Tech's first complete game of the season. Morgan was sensational as he held a strong Texas offense to just one run and scattered four hits. His 15 strikeouts on the afternoon is a new high for a Tech hurler in a Big 12 Conference game and is the most since Monty Ward struckout 18 against Lindenwood in 1998.
With the game tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh, freshman first baseman James Leverton delivered the game-winning hit when he laced an RBI single in to center field that allowed Matt Smith to score from second. Smith led off the inning with a hard hit single up the middle and moved into scoring position on a groundout by left fielder Roger Kieschnick.
The Longhorns jumped on the board first when Kyle Russell delivered a clutch two-out RBI single to right that plated Drew Stubbs. Stubbs led off the inning with a double and then moved to third on a stolen base.
Tech tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth when junior Blair Wilkins laced an RBI double to the gap in left center field. Wilkins' double scored Willie Rueda who reached on a one-out triple that went sailing to the scoreboard in right center field.
Texas had the chance to take the lead in the top of the eighth as the Longhorns got runners at first and second on back-to-back hit batters. Leadoff hitter and third baseman Nick Peoples moved the runners into scoring position with a bunt sacrifice in what marked the first out of the inning. Morgan, however, stalled the Longhorn threat when he struckout Chance Wheeles looking and got Drew Stubbs to offer on a 3-2 count to end the inning.
The win was Morgan's fourth of the season as he improved to 4-1 while Kyle McCulloch suffered the loss for Texas and fell to 1-4. McCulloch allowed two runs on seven hits and struckout four over 6 2/3 innings.