Texas Tech Falls to Nebraska in Series Opener, 15-5
March 25, 2011
LUBBOCk, Texas - Texas Tech allowed a season-high 19 base hits in a 15-5 loss against Nebraska in its Big 12 home opener on Friday at Dan Law Field.
Texas Tech (15-8, 2-2 Big 12) fell behind early as Nebraska (17-7, 1-0 Big 12) scored two in the first and eight in the third before increasing its lead to 15 runs (15-0) with five runs in the top of the fifth.
Texas Tech was led by Kelby Tomlinson (2-for-3, 2 RBI) and Reid Redman (1-for-2, 2 runs). Both Redman and center fielder Barrett Barnes (1-for-5) extended their hitting streaks to 10 games while posting a hit apiece in the game.
Nebraska's offense exploded with 16 hits and 15 runs in the game's opening five innings. Five Cornhuskers scored multiple runs in the game while Kale Kiser (4-for-6, 3 RBI), Kash Kalkowski (4-for-4, 2 RBI) and Cody Asche (3-for-5, 3 runs, 5 RBI) led the way for Nebraska in its first Big 12 contest of the season.
Texas Tech scored four of its five runs in the fifth inning on five hits as Barnes drove in two with an RBI single, Tomlinson scored a run on a groundout to short and Mason Randolph plated Tech's first run of the game on a sacrifice fly to center field.
Sophomore Jamen Parten (1-3) took the loss for Texas Tech making his shortest start of the season with 2.2 innings pitched, allowing 10 hits, 10 runs and one walk with two strikeouts.
Nebraska started Matt Freeman (4-1) pitched 7.0 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and three walks allowed in the victory.
Redman extended his hit streak with a double to lead off the seventh and later scored on Tomlinson's single up the middle to account for the Red Raiders final run of the game.
Texas Tech and Nebraska will play game two of the three-game series on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Dan Law Field.