No. 6 Texas Takes Series Opener 7-2|
April 14, 2007
AUSTIN, Texas - It took a little longer than expected, but No. 6 Texas completed its 7-2 series opening win over the Red Raiders today just prior to the start of the originally scheduled second game of this series.
Texas Tech (22-14; 5-7 Big 12) trailed the Longhorns 7-2 with two outs and a 2-1 count to Matt Smith in the top of the ninth when a heavy thunderstorm moved through the area and forced suspension of the game. The second game of this series is just minutes from getting underway at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
The game belonged to Texas starter James Russell who struckout 11 Tech hitters over 6 2/3 innings to improve to 8-2 on the season. I
Texas' leading hitter Bradley Suttle came through in the clutch for the Longhorns with two outs in the bottom of the first when he laced an RBI single to left field that scored Kyle Russell. Russell kept the Longhorns alive in the frame when he deposited a first pitch offering from Ramos into shallow center field.
Texas extended its lead to 4-0 in the bottom half of the second thanks to three more runs of Tech starter AJ Ramos. The Longhorns took advantage of two walks and got key hits from Preston Land and Chance Wheeless.
Kyle Martin plated Tech's first run of the game in the top of the third when he laced a hard hit RBI single down the third base line. Martin's single scored Doug Thennis who led off with a single to right and moved to third on a Jason Seefeld single to right-center.
Sophomore right fielder Roger Kieschnick pulled Tech with three runs (5-2) with a two-out solo home run in the top of the fifth inning. The home run was his ninth of the season.
Just when it seemed like Tech was within striking distance, the Longhorns came rolling back in the bottom half of the inning and put the game away with two runs and grabbed a 7-2 lead. Texas belted four consecutive hits to start the inning and the spelled the end of AJ Ramos who left the game without a strikeout for just the third time of his career.
AJ Ramos suffered the loss for Texas Tech and fell to 7-2 on the season. Ramos surrendered all seven runs over 4 1/3 innings.