Tech-KSU Series Finale Ends In 11-11 Tie|
April 15, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas - Sunday's series finale between Texas Tech and Kansas State ended in an 11-11 tie due to Big 12 Conference travel policy.
The three-game series also ends in a tie (1-1-1) as Tech took the opener 4-2 while KSU won on Saturday 16-5. The tie marks only the second Big 12 game to end in a tie and both of those games have involved Texas Tech. The Red Raiders battled the Oklahoma Sooners to a 7-7 tie back on April 22, 2001 and that marked the first-ever Big 12 game to end in a tie.
Trailing 10-7 in the bottom of the ninth, Tech left fielder Roger Kieschnick reached on a walk and Trey Stewart got on board with a pinch hit single to right. Kyle Martin then delivered a three-run homer on a 2-1 offering from Brian Peterson that tied the game at 10-10. Tech put runners at second and third with two outs but Joey Callender was called looking at strike three to end the inning.
The Wildcats plated a single run in the top of the 10th by virtue of a throwing error by Tech shortstop Kyle Martin. Martin's error was his fourth of the game and that is the most by a Tech player since T.J. Bruce committed four against West Texas A&M on April 7, 2003.
With two outs in the bottom of the 10th, Martin tied the game again for the Red Raiders when he laced an RBI single into left field that plated Roger Kieschnick. The game was called after the bottom of the 10th so that Kansas State could make pre-determined flight arrangements.
The Texas Tech defense was costly for the second straight day as Tech committed six errors and that marked the most by a Red Raider team since the 1996 season when Tech had six against Rice on April 23.
Despite today's tie, the Red Raiders now stand in fifth place in the Big 12 standing with a 6-7-1 record in league play.
Texas Tech will host the 13th-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils on Monday evening at Dan Law Field. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. and tickets are available through the Texas Tech Athletics Ticket Office.