Tech Clinches Series Win With 12-5 Victory Over Baylor|
May 18, 2008
LUBBOCK, Texas - Roger Kieschnick hit his fourth career grand slam and his second of the year in the bottom of the second to lead the Red Raiders to a commanding 12-5 win over Baylor on Sunday afternoon to clinch the three-game series at Dan Law Field.
The win put a cap on the 2008 season for the Red Raiders as they were mathematically eliminated from the Big 12 Conference Championship yesterday afternoon after falling to the Bears 13-3. Texas Tech finishes the season with a 25-30 overall record and a 9-18 mark in conference play. Baylor falls to 31-24 overall (11-16 in Big 12) and will advance to next week's Big 12 Championship at Bricktown Ballpark.
After Shaver Hansen staked the Bears to a 1-0 lead with a sacrifice fly in the top of the first, the Red Raiders came charging back and took control of the game for good. Tech plated two runs in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly by Chris Richburg and an RBI single by Jason Seefeld and seized a 2-1 lead over the Bears.
Roger Kieschnick blew the game wide open in the bottom of the second when he blasted his second grand slam and 17th home run of the year off Baylor starter Tim Matthews. The home run went sailing over the fence in right-center field and gave the Red Raiders a 7-1 advantage after Monk Kreder led off the inning with a leadoff home run.
From that point, the Red Raiders rode the arm of Nate Karns (3-6) who picked up his third win of the season by allowing just two runs over five innings and struckout five. The Red Raiders scored a pair of runs in both the fourth and fifth to build an 11-2 lead.
Baylor's Adam Hornung saved the Bears from a potential run rule as he jolted a two-run homer over the center field wall of Tech reliever Robbie Kilcrease in the top of the sxith.
Tim Matthews (5-2) was charged with the loss for Baylor as he surrendered seven runs on six hits over just 1 1/3 innings of work.