Roger Kieschnick went 2-for-5 with a game-high three RBIs to lead Texas Tech to a 9-8 win over Dallas Baptist on Tuesday afternoon in the second game of a doubleheader that gave the Red Raiders a twinbill split with the Patriots. Dallas Baptist won the first game of the day 8-4.
The win pushed Texas Tech to 23-29 on the season while Dallas Baptist fell to 34-17. The Red Raiders return to the diamond on Friday evening at Dan Law Field for the start of a three-game series against the Baylor Bears. First pitch on Friday is set for 6:05 p.m. and will be the biggest series of the season for the Red Raiders as the final spot in the Big 12 Conference Championship is up for grabs.
After spotting the Patriots three runs in the top of the second, the Red Raiders came firing back in the bottom half of the inning with five runs of its own to grab a 5-3 lead. Sophomore shortstop Chris Hall drove in the first two runs with a double to left center and then fellow infielder Willie Rueda plated the tying run with a sacrifice fly to center. Joey Kenworthy broke the tie with an RBI single and then Roger Kieschnick made it a two-run game with an RBI double down the right field line.
The Patriots regained the lead in the top of the fourth as they plated three runs of Tech starter Robbie Kilcrease. Just as they did in the second inning, the Red Raiders responded as they put up three runs of their own to regain the lead (8-6) and one they would not relinquish. Kieschnick fueled the Red Raiders in the inning with his second double of the game, one that plated two runs and gave Tech a 7-6 lead. Chris Richburg's RBI double made the score 8-6.
The Red Raiders got what turned out to be the game-winning run in the fifth when Rueda plated Hall from first with an RBI double down the left field line. Hall reached on a one-out walk to set up the RBI opportunity for Rueda.
Dallas Baptist made a comeback in the top of the eighth off Tech left-handed reliever James Leverton. The Patriots roughed up Leverton for two runs on four hits and had the go-ahead run on first base when Tech went to its bullpen for right-hander Brian Cloud. Cloud came in and closed the door by retiring the next two batters to end the threat.
Cloud retired DBU in order in the ninth to pick up his first career save. Robbie Kilcrease picked up the win in what was his longest outing of the season. He held the Patriots to six runs (three earned) on nine hits with three strikeouts over nine innings of work.
GAME ONE - DALLAS BAPTIST 8, TEXAS TECH 4
Dallas Baptist's Jared Stafford threw seven shutout innings before giving up four in the eighth but the Patriots held on for an 8-4 win over Texas Tech in the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon at Dan Law Field.
The win by DBU gave the Patriots back-to-back wins over the Red Raiders as they earned a 16-7 win last Wednesday evening at Patriot field in Dallas.
Trailing 2-0 in the top of the seventh, things fell apart for the Red Raiders as reliever Owen Brolsma surrendered four runs on four hits and the Patriots grabbed control of the game with a 6-0 lead. Evan Bigley's two-RBI single up the middle capped off the rally for DBU and he ended the contest with a game-high three RBIs.
Texas Tech made a run in the bottom half of the eighth and cut an 8-0 deficit in half. The Red Raiders plated four runs in the inning that included a two-RBI double by Doug Thennis.
Junior left-hander Cory Large (1-2) was tagged with the loss despite a solid effort as he matched his career-high with six innings of work. He allowed three runs on four hits and struckout four.
GAME ONE LINE SCORE
R H E
Dallas Baptist - 010 100 420 - 8 11 1
Texas Tech - 000 000 040 - 4 10 2
WP = Jarred Stafford (3-0)
LP = Cory Large (1-2)
SV = None
GAME TWO LINE SCORE
R H E
Dallas Baptist - 030 300 020 - 8 15 2
Texas Tech - 050 310 00x - 9 9 2
WP = Robbie Kilcrease (2-0)
LP = Brett Lester (2-1)
SV = Brian Cloud (1)