Nebraska Uses Long Ball To Drop Texas Tech, 9-4|
May 13, 2005
LUBBOCK, Texas - Third-ranked Nebraska pounded out nine runs on 15 hits, including four home runs, en route to a 9-4 win over Texas Tech in front of 3,370 fans on Friday night at Dan Law Field.
Nebraska (40-11) jumped out to a 2-0 lead by hitting solo home runs in the first and third innings. Junior third baseman Alex Gordon notched the first homer when he delivered a fastball over the left field fence in the third at-bat of the game.
Texas Tech (30-19) senior shortstop Cameron Blair answered the Husker home run charge with a solo dinger in the bottom of the fourth to give the Raiders their first run of the game. The home run was his 15th of the season and ninth in conference play.
The Red Raiders took their only lead of the game (3-2) in the bottom of the fifth thanks to an RBI double by senior center fielder Cody Fuller and an RBI single by Blair.
Tech's lead didn't last long as the Huskers added two more home runs to their total en route to a three-run inning. Nebraska added three more runs in the seventh and one in the ninth to notch the 9-4 win.
The Red Raiders had plenty of chances offensively to get back in the game as Tech left the bases loaded in both the seventh and ninth innings.
Senior right-hander Billy Carnline (6-3) was tagged with the loss for Tech as he allowed five earned runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings. Brian Duensing (6-0) earned the win for Nebraska in relief as he pitched the final 4 1/3 innings allowing just one earned run on three hits.
Texas Tech will try and even the series as the two teams will meet again on Saturday evening at Dan Law Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.