LUBBOCK, Texas - Freshman third baseman Justin Berry went 4-for-5 with four runs scored and two RBIs to lead Texas Tech to a 10-6 win over UNLV on Tuesday night at Dan Law Field.
The win moves Tech to 19-24 on the season while UNLV falls to 20-19. The Red Raiders will try for the two-game sweep of the Rebels tomorrow afternoon when the two teams meet for a noon first pitch.
The Rebels took advantage of a shaky Nate Karns in the first inning and built a 2-0 lead. J.J. Sferra led off the game with a single and later scored the first run on an RBI double by Jarred Frierson. Ryan Thornton then drove in Frierson with an RBI single to round out the scoring.
Tech cut the UNLV lead to one with a single run in the bottom of the second. Berry picked up the first of his career-high four hits on the night with a one-out single and scored on an RBI groundout by left fielder Michael Reed.
The Red Raiders took the lead for good with a three-run outburst in the bottom of the third. Berry drove in the tying and go ahead runs with a two-RBI single to left and freshman second baseman Garrett Totten brought him home with an RBI single that gave Tech a 4-2 lead.
Tech plated six runs in the middle innings to take a commanding 10-2 lead and got solid relief pitching from Robbie Kilcrease in the sixth and seventh. Kilcrease pitched two shutout innings and held the Rebels to just one hit.
UNLV made a comeback in the eighth and ninth as they tagged Tech reliever Jordan Stern for four runs on five hits in just 1 2/3 innings. With two outs in the ninth, Tech went to closer Chad Bettis who gave up an RBI single to Anthony Morel but retired the next batter to end the game.
Karns recovered nicely from the first inning and went on to post four shutout innings en route to his third win of the season. In all, he allowed two runs on three hits and one walk and struckout four. Matt Hutchinson took the loss for UNLV as he allowed four runs on eight hits over three innings.
R H E
UNLV - 200 000 022 - 6 10 1
Texas Tech - 013 321 00x - 10 17 0
WP = Nate Karns (3-4)
LP = Matt Hutchinson (1-2)
SV = None
- Tonight's win snapped a three-game losing skid to UNLV but the Rebels still hold a 6-3 advantage in the all-time series.
- Freshman third baseman Justin Berry posted career-highs in both hits and runs scored with four each. On the night, he went 4-for-5 (three singles and a double) with two RBIs. The multiple-hit game was his 14th of the year and his fourth multiple-RBI contest.
- Senior first baseman Chris Richburg was a home run away from the cycle as he went 3-for-5 with a single, double and a triple (first of the year).
- Junior shortstop Joey Kenworthy went 2-for-5 at the plate to earn his 19 multiple-hit game of the year.
- Junior center fielder Taylor Ashby extended his current hit streak to six games and can tie his season high with a hit in tomorrow's series finale against the Rebels.
- Tonight's midweek game was the first at home for the Red Raiders since a 4-3 win over LCU back on March 23 and the Red Raiders improved to 13-5 at Dan Law Field with the 10-6 win.
- Tech played error free for the first time since the first game of a doubleheader against UTSA on April 7.