TECH CLINCHES SERIES WITH 12-5 WIN OVER BAYLOR
Red Raiders end the 2008 season with a 25-30 overall record and a 9-18 mark in Big 12 play
LUBBOCK, Texas - Roger Kieschnick hit his fourth career grand slam and his second of the year in the bottom of the second to lead the Red Raiders to a commanding 12-5 win over Baylor on Sunday afternoon to clinch the three-game series at Dan Law Field.
The win put a cap on the 2008 season for the Red Raiders as they were mathematically eliminated from the Big 12 Conference Championship yesterday afternoon after falling to the Bears 13-3. Texas Tech finishes the season with a 25-30 overall record and a 9-18 mark in conference play. Baylor falls to 31-24 overall (11-16 in Big 12) and will advance to next week's Big 12 Championship at Bricktown Ballpark.
After Shaver Hansen staked the Bears to a 1-0 lead with a sacrifice fly in the top of the first, the Red Raiders came charging back and took control of the game for good. Tech plated two runs in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly by Chris Richburg and an RBI single by Jason Seefeld and seized a 2-1 lead over the Bears.
Roger Kieschnick blew the game wide open in the bottom of the second when he blasted his second grand slam and 17th home run of the year off Baylor starter Tim Matthews. The home run went sailing over the fence in right-center field and gave the Red Raiders a 7-1 advantage after Monk Kreder led off the inning with a leadoff home run.
From that point, the Red Raiders rode the arm of Nate Karns (3-6) who picked up his third win of the season by allowing just two runs over five innings and struckout five. The Red Raiders scored a pair of runs in both the fourth and fifth to build an 11-2 lead.
Baylor's Adam Hornung saved the Bears from a potential run rule as he jolted a two-run homer over the center field wall of Tech reliever Robbie Kilcrease in the top of the sxith.
Tim Matthews (5-2) was charged with the loss for Baylor as he surrendered seven runs on six hits over just 1 1/3 innings of work.
R H E
Baylor 100 102 010 5 8 2
Texas Tech 250 220 10x 12 15 0
WP = Nate Karns (3-6)
LP = Tim Matthews (5-2)
SV = None
- Texas Tech picked up just its second Big 12 series win of the season (last was against No. 2 Missouri in late March) today with a 12-5 win over Baylor.
- The Red Raiders now lead the all-time series against the Bears 72-64 and hold a 46-19 advantage in Lubbock.
- Texas Tech's final standing in the Big 12 Conference could be a tie for eighth place with Kansas should Kansas State hold on and defeat the Jayhawks and Oklahoma State defeat Oklahoma.
- Junior second baseman Willie Rueda has stated his case for first-team All-Big 12 honors at second base as he ended the year hitting safely in 22 of Tech's final 25 games and posted 14 multiple-hit games during that stretch. He finished the 2008 season as the team leader with a .361 average (.365 in Big 12 play) along with 27 stolen bases.
- Roger Kieshcnick now has four career grand slams to his credit and two this year. His 17 home runs are the most by a Tech player since Cameron Blair hit 17 back in 2005. He will most likely be taken high in the MLB Draft in early June and thus ending his career at Tech with a .322 average over 168 games along with 54 doubles and 39 home runs. His 54 career doubles ranks second all-time at Tech while his 39 home runs rank fourth.
- Texas Tech ended its season with a .971 fielding percentage, it's highest since 2002 when that squad also fielded at a .971 clip.
- Four seniors played the final game of their Tech careers this afternoon and were honored in a pre-game ceremony: Jon Capuccio, Owen Brolsman, Doug Thennis and Jason Seefeld.