Texas Tech Steals Series Finale From Nebraska, 7-6|
May 15, 2005
LUBBOCK, Texas - Junior left-fielder Chris Williams drove in the winning run and made a spectacular catch in the top of the ninth to help give Texas Tech a 7-6 win over No. 3 Nebraska in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Dan Law Field.
The win moves Texas Tech to 31-20 on the season and to 9-13 in Big 12 play while Nebraska falls to 41-12 and 16-8 in league play.
Nebraska brought in its top reliever in Brett Jenson to face the Red Raiders with the ballgame tied at 6-6 in the bottom of the eighth. Freshman designated hitter Matt Smith started Tech's rally with a single to left and was then replaced by Madison Edwards who was sent in to pinch run. Junior second baseman Joey Callender picked up his first hit of the game at the most critical point and his single to right field moved Edwards to third. Edwards gave Tech the go-ahead run at 7-6 when Chris Williams hit a sacrifice fly to deep center field.
Williams was certainly the hero for the Red Raiders late in the game especially in the top of the ninth inning when he made a spectacular diving catch in the left field gap that ended up as a crucial double play. Williams got back to his feet quickly and was able to throw out Trey Adams trying to get back to second. Adams led off the inning with a double to left field.
Texas Tech committed four errors over the first three innings and that led to Nebraska's first two runs of the game. Senior shortstop Cameron Blair accounted for three of Tech's miscues in the second inning.
Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the third, the Red Raiders plated three runs in the frame to take its first lead. Two sacrifice flies and an RBI single by first baseman Trey Stewart accounted for the Tech scoring.
Blair helped make up for his defensive blunders in the field by going 3-for-3 at the plate with one RBI and three runs scored. He led off the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run over the fence in left-center field. The dinger was his 16th of the season and his 10th in Big 12 play.
The Huskers wouldn't go away easily as they mounted a four-run rally in the top of the eighth that tied the game at 6-6. First baseman Curtis Ledbetter drove in the tying run when he laced a two-RBI single up the middle off Tech reliever Billy Carnline.
Senior right-hander Tanner McElroy earned a no decision in the contest but enjoyed one of the best outings of his career. McElroy went a career-high seven innings and allowed no earned runs on five hits and struckout three. Billy Carnline picked up the win in relief for Tech and improved to 7-3 while Brett Jensen was tagged with the loss for Nebraska and fell to 2-3.
Texas Tech will play its final home game of the 2005 season on Monday afternoon when the Red Raiders host the New Mexico Lobos. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.