Tech Clinches Series With 14-1 Win Over Baylor|
April 2, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas - Freshman left fielder Roger Kieschnick went 2-for-3 with four RBI and freshman right-hander AJ Ramos picked up his first career win to lead Texas Tech to a 14-1 win over No. 24 Baylor on Sunday afternoon in front of 3,117 fans at Dan Law Field.
The game was called after the seventh inning due to the Big 12's 10-run rule and gives Texas Tech the series win 2-1. Texas Tech now stands at 22-10 overall and moves back to .500 in Big 12 play with a 4-4 record. The loss drops Baylor to 19-10 on the season and 4-5 in league play.
For the second straight day, the Red Raider offense went to work in the bottom of the first inning as Tech grabbed a 1-0 lead on an infield single by Matt Smith. Smith hit a routine pop-up to Baylor first baseman Jeff Mandel but he wasn't able to make the play and Joey Callender was able to score on what was Matt Smith's first hit of the series.
Brian Capps gave Tech a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third when he led off the frame with a double to right center and then scored on an RBI groundout by Smith.
Baylor scored its only run of the game in the top of the fourth when AJ Ramos issued two one-out walks and Seth Fortenberry drove in the run with an RBI double to right-center.
Kyle Martin keyed the Red Raiders' offensive explosion in the bottom of the fourth when he led off the inning with a solo home run that just barely crossed the wall in left field. The home run was his third of the season and all three have come in the last two games as he hit two in Saturday's 14-4 win over the Bears. Tech went on to score six runs in the inning including a two-run homer by Roger Kieschnick that cleared the 18-foot monster in center field. Kieschnick finished with a game-high four RBI and now has five home runs on the year.
Texas Tech tacked on three more runs in the fifth and sixth to help invoke the first Big 12 run-rule by the Red Raiders since beating Kansas 18-7 in Lawrence on May 2, 2004.
Freshman right-hander AJ Ramos (1-0) finally picked up his first career win as a Red Raider as he tossed five innings allowing one run on four hits and struckout four. Tim Matthews (2-3) suffered the loss for Baylor after giving up 10 runs on 13 hits over 4 1/3 innings.
Texas Tech will take a break from Big 12 action on Tuesday evening as the Red Raiders host the New Mexico State Aggies at Dan Law Field. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. and tickets for the game are available for purchase through the Texas Tech Athletics Ticket Office at (806) 742-TECH or www.texastech.com.