No. 11 Nebraska Rallies For 6-4 Win Over Tech|
May 26, 2006
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Nebraska erased a 3-2 deficit with two outs in the top of the sixth with a four-run outburst and the 11th-ranked Cornhuskers held on for a 6-4 win over Texas Tech in the second round of the 2006 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship at Bricktown Ballpark.
Texas Tech's tournament championship hopes were over before the Red Raiders even took the field tonight against Nebraska. Texas defeated Baylor 16-8 in the early game and eliminated both the Red Raiders and the Bears from an appearance in Sunday's championship game. Texas Tech will conclude its 2006 season on Saturday morning when the Red Raiders face the Baylor Bears at 10 a.m. The game will be televised nationally on FSN with Greg Lucas and Jack Lazorko calling the action.
Nebraska came out swinging in the top of the first inning as Nick Jaros and Ryan Wehrle led off the game with a single and a double respectively. An RBI groundout by Andrew Brown gave the Huskers an early 2-0 lead.
One swing of the bat tied the game for Texas Tech in the bottom of the second as Patrick Smart delivered a two-run homer to right field. Matt Smith led off the frame with a double to the gap and Smart brought him home on his first home run of the season.
Freshman left fielder Roger Kieschnick gave the Red Raiders a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the third when he belted a solo home run to the bleacher in left field. The home run was his ninth of the season and his first dinger since the Missouri series.
A failed called strike three by home plate umpire Bill Davis in the top of the sixth, opened the flood gates for Nebraska as they plated four runs to take a 6-3 lead. Catcher Jeff Christy capped off the Husker rally with a two-run home run that landed in the Texas Tech bullpen in left-center field.
Tyler Reves pulled Tech within two (6-4) in the bottom of the seventh when he led off the inning with a solo homer. The home run was the third of the day by Texas Tech and was his 13th of the season.
Aaron Odom suffered the loss for Texas Tech after surrendering six runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings. Joba Chamberlain earned the win for Nebraska by going seven innings allowing four runs on nine hits and struckout seven.