Huskers Drop Texas Tech 14-4|
April 29, 2006
LINCOLN, Neb. - No. 4 Nebraska rallied from an early 4-0 deficit and scored 14 unanswered runs to defeat Texas Tech 14-4 in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday evening at Haymarket Park in Lincoln.
Texas Tech (27-19-1; 6-12-1) took advantage of a rocky start by Nebraska left-hander Tony Watson as the Red Raiders plated four runs in the top of the first inning. Freshmen Roger Kieschnick and James Leverton added a pair of RBI doubles in the inning and junior shortstop Kyle Martin finished things off with a two-RBI single that made it 4-0.
Tech starter Josh Tomlin had a rocky start of his own as the Huskers tagged him for two runs on two hits in the bottom half of the first. Tomlin hit two Husker batters in the frame and went on to hit three before being replaced in the third inning.
Nebraska came back and tied the game in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single by Jake Opitz. The Huskers took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the sixth by plating four runs on four hits, including an RBI triple by Andy Gerch.
The Huskers put an end to the game in the bottom of the seventh by plating six runs on five walks, two hits and one hit batter. The Big 12 invokes the run-rule in games played as part of a doubleheader so the game ended on Jake Opitz' RBI single.
Aaron Odom took the loss for Texas Tech and fell to 3-4 on the season. Odom surrendered five runs on five hits in 2 2/3 innings of relief. Tony Watson (7-0) picked up the win by pitching six innings allowing four earned runs on nine hits and struckout six.
Texas Tech will try and salvage the series finale on Sunday afternoon when the two clubs meet for a 1:05 p.m. first pitch at Haymarket Park.