Tech Snaps Losing Skid With 6-4 Win Over New Mexico
April 25, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas - Roger Kieschnick's two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh broke a 4-4 tie and Texas Tech held on for a 6-4 win over the New Mexico Lobos on Tuesday afternoon at Dan Law Field.
The win snaps a three-game losing skid for the Red Raiders as Tech improves to 27-17-1 overall while New Mexico drops to 27-15. The win also clinches the season-long four game series for the Red Raiders as Tech now leads 3-0 with one game remaining.
New Mexico jumped out to a 3-0 lead early by scoring two runs in the second and one in the third. The Lobos tagged Tech starter AJ Ramos for two runs in the second after he allowed a two-out walk and then surrendered an RBI double and an RBI single in back-to-back at-bats.
The Red Raiders drew a couple of walks to lead off the bottom of the third and sophomore third baseman Jason Seefeld moved the runners over with a sacrifice bunt. A balk call on Lobo starting pitcher Damon Miller plated Tech's first run of the game and Joey Callender plated Tech's final run of the frame with an RBI groundout.
Tech followed up with another run in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at 3-3. Junior catcher Tyler Reves reached on a single and senior designated hitter Trey Stewart brought him home with an RBI double to the gap in right-center.
New Mexico broke the tie in the top of the seventh when center fielder Matt Foote laced an RBI double off Tech reliever Randy Gattis. Foote's double plated first baseman Chris Carlson who reached on a fielder's choice.
The Red Raiders rallied in the bottom half of the seventh and it began with a leadoff double to the gap in left-center by freshman James Leverton. Leverton moved to third on Seefeld's second sacrifice bunt of the game and then scored on a grounder by Joey Callender. Callender's ground ball was fielded by Lobo third baseman Ian Hollick and he attempted to throw out Leverton at home, but the ball was dropped by catcher Zach Arnett. Freshman left fielder Roger Kieschnick gave Tech the lead when he belted a two-run homer that went just to the right of the center field monster. The home run was his seventh of the season and his second in as many games.
Randy Gattis (4-1) earned the win in relief for Texas Tech while Chad Itokazu (2-2) suffered the loss for New Mexico.
Texas Tech returns to action this weekend as the Red Raiders travel to Lincoln, Neb., to face the fourth-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers. First pitch on Friday night at Haymarket Park is set for 6:35 p.m.
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