Red Raiders Lose 4-3 Heartbreaker At No. 4 Nebraska|
April 29, 2006
LINCOLN, Neb. - Nick Jaros scored Brett Jensen with an RBI double to the gap in left-center in the bottom of the 11th to give the fourth-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers a 4-3 come-from-behind win over Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon at Haymarket Park.
Texas Tech (27-18-1; 6-11-1) will face Nebraska (34-6; 13-3) in the second game of this doubleheader at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Nebraska jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom half of the first when center fielder Bryce Nimmo scored on a squeeze bunt by shortstop Ryan Wherle. Nimmo led off the frame with a bunt single and moved to second on a stolen base and to third on a passed ball by Tech catcher Tyler Reves.
The Huskers added another run to their lead in the bottom half of the third when catcher Jeff Christy laced an RBI double down the left field line that scored Jake Mort from third. Mort reached on a leadoff walk and moved to second on a bunt sacrifice by Nimmo and to third on a wild pitch by Tech starter Miles Morgan.
Senior first baseman Trey Stewart got the Red Raiders on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth when he belted a leadoff home run to the deepest part of the ballpark in right-center. The home run was his first of the season and just the third of his two-year career at Texas Tech.
With two outs in the top of the seventh, senior center fielder Brian Capps gave Tech its first lead of the game when he laced a two-RBI single to the gap in left field. Capps' single scored Kyle Martin who led off with a single and Jason Seefeld who reached on a one-out walk.
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Tech reliever Dustin Richardson walked pinch hitter Any Gerch and the Huskers then pulled Gerch in favor of pinch runner Steve Edlefsen. Edlefsen moved to second on a passed ball by Reves and then scored the tying run on a base hit by Jake Mort through the left side of the Tech infield. The blown save by Richardson marked his second of the season.
Nebraska reliever Brett Jensen made his first career at-bat count in the bottom of the 11th as he reached on a one-out single up the middle. Jensen then scored the winning run on a game-winning RBI double by Nick Jaros.
Dustin Richardson (3-2) was saddled with the loss for the Red Raiders after giving up two runs (one earned) in three innings of relief work. Brett Jensen (5-0) earned the win for Nebraska in relief and allowed just one hit over two shutout innings.