LINCOLN, Neb. – After tying the game with a three-run outburst in the top of the seventh inning, the Red Raiders let it slip away with two Husker runs in the bottom half of the seventh and Nebraska went on to defeat Texas Tech 8-6 on Saturday afternoon at Haymarket Park.
The Big 12 series win was the first of the season for Nebraska and they improved to 26-27 on the year and to 9-17 in Big 12 play. Texas Tech falls to 27-26 overall and to 13-13 in the Big 12.
Trailing 6-3 in the top of the seventh, sophomore designated hitter Scott LeJeune cut the Nebraska lead to 6-4 with an RBI single. The single extended his current hit streak to 16 games and put the Red Raiders in striking distance in what was key inning for the Red Raiders to get back in the game. With runners at second and third, junior third baseman Nick Popescu struckout but then reached first on a throwing error by the catcher and that allowed two more runs to score and Tech tied things up at 6-6.
The game didn't stay tied much longer as a leadoff walk by Tech reliever Scott Erzinger eventually scored due to a wild pitch from reliever Joseph Burnett two batters later. Nebraska third baseman Cody Asche then gave the Huskers an insurance run with an RBI double that extended their lead to 8-6.
Nebraska built a 4-0 lead with two runs in the first and second innings before Tech narrowed the gap with a two-run third inning and a one-run fourth. Adam Bailey's two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth gave the Huskers a 6-3 lead and marked his third and fourth RBIs of the game.
Scott Erzinger was charged with the loss after facing two batters in the seventh and dropped to 0-2 on the year. Chris Williams earned the win in relief for Nebraska by logging 2 2/3 scoreless innings and now stands at 1-1.
Texas Tech will try and salvage the series finale on Sunday afternoon when the two teams meet for a 1:05 p.m. first pitch.
R H E
Texas Tech 002 100 300 6 6 1
Nebraska 220 020 20x 8 12 1
WP = Chris Williams (1-1)
LP = Scott Erzinger (0-2)
SV = None