Smith Powers Texas Tech To 16-5 Rout Of Kansas State
March 31, 2007
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Matt Smith went 2-for-3 with four RBIs and a pair of home runs to lead Texas Tech to a 16-5 rout of Kansas State on Saturday afternoon at Tointon Family Stadium. The game was called after seven innings due to the Big 12 run-rule policy in doubleheaders.
The win marks Tech's 20th of the season as the Red Raiders improve to 20-10 overall and to 4-3 in the Big 12. Kansas State dropped to 18-8 and 1-3 in league play.
Junior catcher Matt Smith got the Red Raiders off to a good start in the top of the first innings. Smith laced a two-run home run against the wind to left field that gave the Red Raiders an early 2-0 lead. James Leverton reached on one-out walk to set up Smith's 10th multiple-RBI game of the season.
The Red Raiders added to their lead in the top of the second with a pair of runs that gave them a 4-0 advantage. With the bases loaded and two outs, James Leverton brought both of the runs on an infield single.
Texas Tech took a commanding 9-0 lead in the top of the third inning as the Red Raiders plated five runs on a pair of doubles by Taylor Ashby and Doug Thennis and a big two-run home run by Jason Seefeld. Seefeld's home run was his first of the season and the fourth of his career.
Tech starter AJ Ramos, who pitched one inning in last night's suspended game, ran out of gas in the bottom of the fifth inning as he allowed three runs on three hits and three walks. With the bases loaded, he walked in back-to-back runs before being replaced by left-handed reliever Trey Schurr. Schurr, however, couldn't stop the bleeding as Nate Tenbrink drove in two more runs with a single through the right side to pull the Wildcats within four (9-5).
Matt Smith came up big for Tech again in the top of the sixth when he belted his second home run of the game, a two-run blast to straight away center. The home run pushed the Tech lead back to six runs at 11-5.
Texas Tech plated five runs in the top of the seventh inning to take a 16-5 lead and that forced the game to end after the seventh inning due to the Big 12 policy regarding conference doubleheaders.
Sophomore right-hander AJ Ramos improved to 6-1 on the year after logging 4 2/3 innings of work. Ramos walked a career-high six batters on the afternoon and gave up five runs but will also be credited with two starts for the weekend as he pitched one inning on Friday night. Chase Bayuk (2-2) was tagged with the loss for Kansas State after giving up eight runs on six hits over 2 1/3 innings.
Texas Tech and Kansas State will resume Friday's night's suspended game at 6 p.m. tonight. The game was suspended with the score tied at 0-0 in the bottom of the second.
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