Red Raiders Rally For 8-7 Win Over Baylor
March 24, 2007
WACO, Texas - Texas Tech's James Leverton scored on a bases-loaded balk by Baylor reliever Nick Cassavechia in the top of the 10th inning to give the Red Raiders an 8-7 win over the Bears on Saturday evening at Baylor Ballpark.
Texas Tech now stands at 18-9 on the season and 3-2 in Big 12 play while Baylor falls to 14-11 and 1-4 in league play. The series is tied at 1-1 and the rubber match is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
Sophomores James Leverton and Roger Kieschnick led off the 10th inning with a pair of singles and Geoff Bryns loaded the bases after being hit on an 0-1 count. With one out in the inning, home plate umpire Mike Morris called a balk on Nick Cassavechia and that allowed Leverton to plate the winning run.
Just like last night Kyle Martin gave the Red Raiders an early lead but this time he didn't waste much time as he drove the second pitch of the ballgame over the left field fence. The home run was his ninth of the season and his second in as many days.
Unfortunately, just like last night the lead didn't last long.
Tech starter AJ Ramos hit the first two batters of the inning and Baylor right fielder Aaron Miller plated both of them with a double to straight away center field, giving the Bears a 2-1 lead.
A two RBI single by Jason Seefeld in the top of the fourth tied the game at 2-2. Seefeld's RBI single marked his first hit of the season and scored Matt Smith who led off the inning with a single to center. The Red Raiders took a 3-2 lead in the inning when Baylor starter Randall Linebaugh walked James Leverton with the bases loaded.
Texas Tech had the chance to break the game open in the top of the fifth with Roger Kieschnick at the plate with the bases loaded. However, Linebaugh caught Kieschnick looking with a change up and that opportunity quickly faded. The Bears made Tech pay for its mistakes in the bottom half of the frame as shortstop Beamer Weems tied the game with an RBI double to left that scored Matt Sodolak.
Baylor's Dustin Dickerson gave the Bears a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the sixth when he deposited the first offering from Ramos over the right field fence. The Bears extended their lead to two runs in the bottom of the seventh thanks to a pair of doubles by Raynor Campbell and Weems. Weems drove in Campbell with his second straight RBI double of the game.
The Red Raiders loaded the bases in the top of the eighth and James Leverton brought in the first run with a bloop single to left center field that pulled Tech within one at 5-4. Kieschnick then gave Tech a 6-5 lead when he laced a two-RBI single through the right side.
Baylor erased the Tech deficit with two runs in the bottom of the eighth and jumped out to a 7-6 lead thanks to RBI singles by Chase Gerdes and Matt Sodolak.
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