Tech Evens Series With 8-6 Win Over No. 24 Kansas|
April 8, 2006
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Junior LHP Colt Hynes pitched 8 1/3 innings and Texas Tech got key home runs from James Leverton and Tyler Reves as the Red Raiders defeated No. 24 Kansas 8-6 on Saturday evening at Hoglund Ballpark.
The win snaps a two-game losing skid as the Red Raiders improve to 23-12 overall and get back to .500 in Big 12 play with a 5-5 record. Texas Tech will face Kansas in the rubber match of this three-game series at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
For the second straight night, Kansas drew first blood in the game as the Jayhawks plated a single run in the bottom of the second. Gus Milner led off the frame with a single and moved to second when John Allman was hit by Tech starter Colt Hynes. A double steal by Milner and Allman allowed Preston Land to plate Milner with an RBI groundout to the Tech shortstop.
After Kansas (21-13; 5-6 Big 12) took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth, the Red Raiders came firing back in the top of the fourth with a four-run outburst to grab a 4-2 lead. An RBI single by freshman left fielder Roger Kieschnick gave the Red Raiders their first run of the ballgame. Fellow freshman James Leverton gave Tech the lead when he launched a three-run homer to deep left center field. The home run marked his fifth of the season and his first since the game against UNC Asheville on March 9.
Tech's two run lead didn't make it out of the fourth inning as the Jayhawks hammered Hynes for three runs on four hits including back-to-back doubles by Allman and Land.
After surrendering the lead in the bottom of the fourth, the seesaw battle continued as Tech came back in the top of the fifth with a single run to tie the game at 5-5. Sophomore Matt Smith laced his 13th double of the season down the left field line with two outs in the inning and plated Blair Wilkins from second. Wilkins kept Tech alive in the frame with a two-out double which was his second of the game.
A key defensive error by Kansas second baseman Matt Berner kept the Jayhawks from ending the inning in the top of the sixth and Joey Callender came up big for Tech with an RBI single to right. Callender's RBI single scored Kyle Martin from third after he reached on a two-out double that started the Tech rally. The inning should have ended on a routine grounder by Willie Rueda but Berner let the ball bounce off of him and Rueda was able to reach safely.
Matt Smith laced his second double of the game (14th of the year) with one out in the top of the seventh and that set up a two-run homer by Tyler Reves that gave Tech an 8-5 lead. Reves' home run gave him the team lead with eight on the year and it was his first since the second game of the series at Texas A&M (3/25).
A couple of walks and two errors allowed Kansas to score a run with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, but Tech reliever Dustin Richardson struckout Gus Milner and Erik Morrison to the end the game and earn him his first career save.
After giving up five runs in the first four innings, Colt Hynes settled in for an improbable win for the Red Raiders as he ended up pitching 8 1/3 innings and was a double play away from pitching his second straight complete game. Ricky Fairchild (4-3) was saddled with the loss for Kansas after giving up six runs on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings.