Win Streak Moves To Four Games As Tech Sweeps Missouri|
May 14, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas - Colt Hynes pitched his second complete game of the season and Kyle Martin's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth gave Texas Tech a 3-2 win that completed a three-game sweep of Missouri. The sweep is the first by Texas Tech in a Big 12 series since taking all three games against Baylor in the 2004 regular-season finale.
The win moves the Red Raiders' win streak to four games and clinches a spot for Texas Tech in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Championship, May 24-28, at Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. Tech's sweep of Missouri pushed the Red Raiders into seventh-place in the league standings and the tie between Kansas State and Texas A&M assures that the Red Raiders can't fall out of the tournament.
With the game tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the eighth, the Tech offense went to work as Tech got leadoff hits from Roger Kieschnick and Matt Smith to give the Red Raiders runners at the corners with no outs. Junior catcher Tyler Reves was retired on a lineout to first base and that brought up Kyle Martin with one out in the frame. Martin came up big for the Red Raiders in the clutch when he flew out to center field on a 2-2 pitch and that allowed Kieschnick to tag at third and score the winning run.
The Red Raiders jumped out to a 2-0 lead by scoring single runs in the third and fifth innings. Matt Smith's RBI single in the third gave Tech its first run of the game as he followed up leadoff hits by Brian Capps and Kieschnick. A base hit by Capps and a fielding error by Tiger shortstop Gary Arndt led to Tech's second run of the game in the bottom of the fifth. The error allowed Willie Rueda to score from second after reaching on a leadoff walk and moving into scoring position on a groundout by Joey Callender.
Missouri erased Texas Tech's lead in the top of the sixth by plating two runs on a solo home run by J.C. Field and an RBI double by Ryan Lollis.
Colt Hynes (5-2) picked up the win for the Red Raiders by pitching his second complete game of the season. Hynes held the Missouri offense to two runs on three hits and struckout a career-high six batters. Rick Zagone (4-3) took the loss for Missouri by giving up three runs on 10 hits in seven innings of work.
Texas Tech returns to action next weekend as the Red Raiders will conclude the regular-season with a three-game series at Oklahoma State. First pitch at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium on Friday night is set for 7 p.m. Saturday's game will be televised by Cox Sports Television and shown locally on Cox Cable channel 9.