Red Raiders Upset 10th-Ranked Arizona State, 7-2|
April 17, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas - Junior left-hander Aaron Odom pitched six strong innings and third baseman Joey Callender went 4-for-5 to lead Texas Tech to a 7-2 upset win over No. 10 Arizona State in front of 3,024 fans on Monday evening at Dan Law Field.
The win marks Tech's first over a Top-10 team since beating fifth-ranked Nebraska in the first game of last year's Big 12 Tournament in Oklahoma City. Texas Tech improves to 26-14-1 on the season while Arizona State falls to 27-12.
The Red Raiders didn't waste anytime as Tech jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Joey Callender led off the first with a double down the right field line and then scored when freshman left fielder Roger Kieschnick laced an RBI double into left field. Blair Wilkins, who made his first start at catcher since junior college, notched the third double of the frame to push Tech's lead to 2-0. The Red Raiders took a 3-0 lead on a fielding error by ASU first baseman Willy Fox.
Wilkins gave Tech some much needed breathing room in the bottom of the third when he blasted a two-run home run over the left field wall. Wilkin's home run, his third of the season, scored Trey Stewart who reached on a two-out walk.
The Sun Devils plated their only two runs of the game in the top of the sixth when shortstop Matt Hall laced a two-out two RBI single to center that scored Ike Davis and Preston Paramore. Tech starter Aaron Odom loaded the bases with a walk and hit two batters.
Stewart and Callender added RBI singles in the seventh and eighth innings to give the Red Raiders a five-run cushion heading into the top of the ninth.
Aaron Odom picked up the win for the Red Raiders after matching his season high with six innings of work. Odom allowed two runs on just three hits and struckout three to improve to 3-2 on the season. Matt Trink (2-1) took the loss for Arizona State after surrendering three runs on four hits over 1 1/3 innings.
The Red Raiders continue their homestand over the weekend as Tech will host one of the hottest teams in the nation in 15th-ranked Oklahoma. The Sooners swept Missouri this past weekend in Norman and sit in third place in the Big 12 standings. First pitch on Friday evening is set for 6:30 p.m. and the game will be annual "Turn Back The Clock Night."