Red Raiders Dismantle Islanders 21-8
March 18, 2008
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Junior right fielder Roger Kieschnick hit a grand slam home run and Willie Rueda posted a career-high five RBIs to lead Texas Tech to a 21-8 rout of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Tuesday evening at Whataburger Field.
The win pushes Texas Tech's season record to 10-8 while Texas A&M-Corpus Christi falls to 3-14.
After a 51-minute rain delay that prevented the start of the game, the Texas Tech bats went to work early and staked a 6-0 lead in the top half of the first inning. Sophomore shortstop Chris Hall led off the game with a walk and then scored the first run of the game on an RBI double by sophomore second baseman Joey Kenworthy that went to the corner in left field. With a 4-0 lead, Willie Rueda drove in the final runs of the frame as he laced a two-RBI single through the right side that scored Tanner Rindels and James Leverton.
Tech pushed its lead to 7-0 in the top of the second on an RBI single by senior first baseman Jason Seefeld. Seefeld's single scored Kenworthy who reached by virtue of a one-out walk.
Junior right fielder Roger Kieschnick delivered the fatal blow in the top half of the fourth as he blasted a grand slam home run that stayed just fair of the foul pole in left field. The home run was his ninth of the season and RBIs 27, 28, 29 and 30. Kieschnick's grand slam chased away Islander starter Trey Hernandez (0-3) who gave up 11 runs on six hits and five walks over 3 1/3 innings.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi plated three runs in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 12-4. The Islanders got a couple of key base hits from designated hitter Trey Hernandez and Chase Williams. The Islanders tacked on three more in the sixth, including an RBI double by Chase Williams who ended the night 4-for-4 with two RBIs and four runs scored.
The Red Raiders surpassed their season-high in runs-scored in the top of the eighth inning when Willie Rueda blooped an RBI single to right that gave Tech a 17-7 lead. Tech's previous high was 16 runs scored twice against Army and UTSA back in the UTSA Baseball Classic in late February.
A bases-loaded single by catcher Juan Rodriguez and a misplay by Islander center fielder Chase Williams cleared the bases and gave Tech a 20-8 lead in the top of the ninth. The Red Raiders would tack on another run on a sacrifice fly by Rueda and that gave Tech a 21-7 lead and their most runs in a game since the 2006 season.
Russ Fornea improved to 2-2 on the season as he logged five innings of work allowing four runs on four hits and a walk while striking out four.
Texas Tech will open up a 10-game homestand on Thursday night as the Red Raiders will face the 14th-ranked Texas Longhorns in a three-game series at Dan Law Field. First pitch on Thursday is set for 6:05 p.m.
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