Sixth-Ranked Texas Shuts Out Texas Tech, 4-0|
May 24, 2006
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Kenn Kasparek tossed six shutout innings to help propel sixth-ranked Texas to a 4-0 win over Texas Tech on Wednesday afternoon at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship at Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.
The shutout loss is the first for the Red Raiders in 88 games and Tech falls to 31-24-1 overall and 0-1 in championship play. Texas Tech will have to win its final two games of pool play and hope for some help from other teams in order to secure a spot in Sunday's championship game.
"I think we played well but we didn't adjust well," said Texas Tech Head Coach Larry Hays. "Miles (Morgan) didn't have his best stuff today and he struggled. Despite his struggling, we still could have won if we would have taken care of business."
The Longhorns took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning with two outs thanks to a key at-bat by Hunter Harris. Harris got the Longhorns rolling with a triple to the gap in left-center field and then scored on a RBI single by Drew Stubbs. Chance Wheeless plated the second run of the frame with a single up the middle that allowed Nick Peoples (reached on a hit-by-pitch) to score from second. Texas plated its final run of the frame on a double-steal attempt as Stubbs was able to score from third before Tech was able to run down Wheeless at first.
Texas loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the fifth but only managed one run as Stubbs brought in the run when he grounded into a double play.
The Texas Tech offense couldn't muster much on the afternoon as Texas Tech was held to just five hits. Of the 27 outs in the game, the Red Raiders flew out a total of 17 times and has recorded 51fly-outs over the last four games.
Miles Morgan (6-7) was charged with the loss for Texas Tech after surrendering all four runs on five hits and struckout one. Kenn Kasparek (4-2) picked up the win for Texas after tossing six shutout innings allowing five hits and one walk.
Texas Tech will try and even its record in the 2006 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship on Thursday evening when the Red Raiders take on Nebraska. First pitch between the Red Raiders and Cornhuskers is scheduled for 8 p.m. at Bricktown Ballpark.