Nebraska Completes Sweep Of Texas Tech|
April 30, 2006
LINCOLN, Neb. - No. 4 Nebraska blew open a two-run game with four unearned runs in the fourth and went on to complete the three-game sweep of Texas Tech with a 14-4 win on Sunday afternoon at Haymarket Park in Lincoln.
The loss drops Texas Tech to 27-20-1 on the season and the Red Raiders maintain their eighth place standing in the Big 12 with a 6-13-1 record in league play. The series sweep by Nebraska is the second sweep in back-to-back weekends by the Red Raiders as Tech fell victim to Oklahoma at Dan Law Field last week. The back-to-back weekend sweeps mark the first by Texas Tech since being swept by Arkansas and Texas back in 1990.
The Huskers (36-6; 15-3) didn't waste any time taking the lead as Ryan Wehrle deposited a 3-2 pitch over the wall in left field to put Nebraska in the lead 2-0. Nebraska center fielder Bryce Nimmo reached on a leadoff walk and scored on the Wehrle home run.
Junior catcher Tyler Reves answered Wehrle's home run with his own two-run blast in the top of the second inning. Reves' home run, his ninth of the season, went over the wall in center field and plated Trey Stewart who led off the frame with a single.
Nebraska got a pair of leadoff singles to start the bottom of the third and that set up a scoring opportunity for catcher Jeff Christy. Christy gave the Huskers a 3-2 lead with a sacrifice squeeze bunt that allowed Jake Mort to score easily from third. Wehrle added his third RBI of the game when he laced a single over the head of Tech shortstop Kyle Martin and that allowed Nimmo to score from second.
The Huskers pushed their lead to 8-2 in the bottom of the fourth as Nebraska plated four unearned runs off Tech's first error of the series. The inning should have ended on a grounder by Bryce Nimmo but Red Raider first baseman Trey Stewart couldn't find the bag and that allowed one Nebraska run to score. With the bases loaded, Ryan Wherle hit a routine fly ball to left but the wind took hold of it at the last second and went over the head of Wilkins and allowed three Husker runs to score.
Kyle Martin picked up his fifth home run of the season in the top of the seventh to make the score 11-4 in favor of Nebraska. Martin laced a 1-0 pitch to the berm in left field and scored Tyler Reves who reached on a leadoff error by shortstop Wehrle.
Colt Hynes (4-2) was charged with the loss for Texas Tech after surrendering nine runs (five earned) on seven hits in four innings of work. Johnny Dorn (8-2) picked up the win for Nebraska after tossing seven innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits.
Texas Tech will take a nine-day hiatus for final exams beginning on Monday as the Red Raiders will not return to action until Wednesday, May 10 when they travel to Albuquerque for a midweek game against New Mexico.