Wildcats Rally For 4-3 Win Over Texas Tech
March 31, 2007
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State erased a two-run deficit with three runs in the bottom of the eighth and defeated Texas Tech 4-3 on Saturday evening at Tointon Family Stadium.
Tonight's game was actually the game that the two teams originally started on Friday evening but was suspended due to heavy rainfall. Tech defeated Kansas State 16-5 earlier in the afternoon and the series is now tied a 1-1. The rubber match is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
Kansas State was the first to strike in the resumed game that began at 6:02 p.m. Eddie Vasquez led off the inning with a double to right-center and Justin Bloxom brought him home with a two-out double that gave KSU a 1-0 lead.
Matt Smith's hot hitting continued in the top of the sixth as he blasted his third home run of the day to give the Red Raiders a 2-1 lead. Sophomore right fielder Roger Kieschnick led off the inning with a double to center and Matt Smith delivered the first offering from Brad Hutt over the left field wall.
Roger Kieschnick extended the Tech lead to 3-1 in the top of the seventh with an RBI single through the right side. Chris Hall and James Leverton picked up a pair of back-to-back two out hits to help set up the RBI opportunity for Kieschnick.
Kansas State rallied with two outs in the bottom of the eighth as the Wildcats scored three runs on five straight hits. Pinch hitter Jordan Cruz plated the go ahead run with a bloop infield single that scored Byron Wiley from third.
Colt Hynes was charged with the loss as he surrendered all four runs on seven hits through 6 2/3 innings of work. Justin Murray picked up the win in relief for Kansas State as he tossed 1 1/3 shutout innings. Daniel Edwards pitched a shutout ninth for his eighth save of the season.
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