Morgan Pitches Texas Tech Past Kansas State, 4-2|
April 13, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas - Redshirt freshman right-hander Miles Morgan pitched his third complete game of the season and totaled eight strikeouts to help lead Texas Tech to a 4-2 win over Kansas State in the series opener on Thursday evening at Dan Law Field. Tonight's win marked the 1,450th career victory for head coach Larry Hays who is in his 36th season as a collegiate head coach.
The win pushes Texas Tech back to .500 in Big 12 play as the Red Raiders now stand at 6-6 in league play and 25-13 overall. Kansas State drops to 2-8 in Big 12 play and to 22-9 on the season.
Despite giving up a career-high 11 hits on the evening, Morgan was spectacular when it counted the most as he picked up his third complete game of the season and all three have come in his last three starts at Dan Law Field.
After Kansas State scored two runs in the top of the fifth to pull within run (3-2), the Wildcats got a leadoff triple from Barrett Rice in the top of the sixth and threatened to tie the game. Morgan came through for the Red Raiders as he struckout the next two batters and retired Eddie Vasquez on a grounder to third that ended the KSU scoring threat.
Texas Tech took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom half of the first when Tyler Reves connected on a two-RBI single that scored Brian Capps and Roger Kieschnick. Capps and Kieschnick both reached on singles and moved to second and third on a groundout by catcher Matt Smith.
Freshman second baseman Willie Rueda gave Tech an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh when he laced an RBI single off KSU reliever Ben Hornbeck that scored Drew Evans from second. Evans pinch ran for Trey Stewart in the frame after Stewart reached on a leadoff fielding error by Kansas State first baseman Cris Tapia.
The win moves Miles Morgan's season record to 5-4 and snaps his three-game losing skid. Morgan allowed two runs on 11 hits and struckout eight batters while throwing a season-high 138 pitches. Brad Hutt took the loss for Kansas State after giving up four runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings.
Texas Tech and Kansas State will play game-two of this three-game series on Friday evening with a first pitch set for 6:30 p.m.