Tech Edges Texas Wesleyan 12-11 In Extra Innings
March 29, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech scored three runs in the bottom of the 12th inning to escape with a 12-11 win over Texas Wesleyan in a makeup game on Wednesday afternoon at Dan Law Field.
The win gave Texas Tech its 1,300th all-time win in the program's 56-year history and improves the Red Raiders' 2006 overall record to 20-9.
A well-played game for the better part of nine innings turned ugly for both teams late in the game as Texas Wesleyan rallied to tie the game with three runs in the top of the ninth. When Tech failed to win the game in the bottom of the ninth, the Rams used that momentum to plate three runs in the top of the 10th to grab a 9-6 lead.
Back-to-back doubles by Trey Stewart and Kyle Martin jumpstarted the Red Raider offense in the bottom of the 10th and a throwing error by Ram third baseman Cory Venable allowed the tying run to score.
After both teams played a scoreless 11th inning, a two-out RBI single by Ram left fielder Zach Archer was misplayed by Tech center fielder James Leverton and that allowed two runs to score and Archer to advance all the way to third. The two runs gave Texas Wesleyan an 11-9 lead.
Just when things looked bleak again for the Red Raiders, the Ram defense collapsed again in the bottom of the 12th to help the Red Raiders rally for three runs. A throwing error by shortstop allowed James Leverton to reach in the leadoff at-bat and Leverton then moved into scoring position on a single by Roger Kieschnick. Tech second baseman Willie Rueda laid down a bunt to move the runners but a throwing error by relief pitcher Hayden Lackey allowed Leverton to score and Rueda to move all the way to second. A bases-loaded walk by Blair Wilkins allowed Kieschnick to score the tying run and the Red Raiders walked away with a win thanks to an RBI groundout by Joey Callender.
David Dinnsmoore (2-1) picked up his second win of the season after pitching the final three innings of the game. He gave up one earned run on four hits and struckout two in his first relief appearance since the New Mexico State game on March 14. Hayden Lackey took the loss for Texas Wesleyan and fell to 2-2.
Texas Tech returns to Big 12 action this weekend when the Red Raiders play host to the Baylor Bears in a three-game series at Dan Law Field. First pitch on Friday night is set for 6:30 p.m.
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