LINCOLN, Nebraska – Nebraska’s Thad Weber struckout 11 batters and Nick Sullivan delivered a three-run home run in the first to propel the ninth-ranked Cornhuskers to a 5-2 series-clinching win over Texas Tech in front of 6,979 fans at Haymarket Park.
The loss drops
Texas Tech to 16-14 overall and to 4-7 in Big 12 play while
Tech answered back
with a rally in the second which started off when Roger Kieschnick connected for
a single off Weber. An RBI double from the next batter Jason Seefeld drove in
Kieschnick. Seefeld made it to third on a single from Chris Hall and scored when
Taylor Ashby hit into a double play, cutting
Ramos got in
trouble again in the second when
In the fourth
That same cast of characters for Tech that got to Weber in the second again threatened him in the seventh inning. Kieshnick led off with a single and then moved to second with a single from Seefeld. A sacrifice bunt from Hall moved both runners over to second and third. But this time Weber closed the door on Tech as he forced Ashby to groundout and then struck out Jeremy Mayo to end the inning.
The Red Raiders
finally chased off Weber in the eighth as they were able to get runners on the
corners with two walks from Joey Kenworthy and Thennis and a passed ball. With
two outs, Nebaska called on relief pitcher Dan
Nebraska added one more in the ninth with a successfully executed hit and run scoring the runner from first making the score 5-2.
AJ Ramos fell to 1-3 on the season after giving up four runs on four hits over 6 1/3 innings and finished with four walks and seven striketouts. Thad Weber moved to 6-1 on the year after holding Tech to just two runs on five hits and struckout 11 over 7 2/3 innings.
Texas Tech will try and salvage the final game of this series on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.
WP = Thad Weber (6-1)
LP = AJ Ramos (1-3)
SV = Dan Jennings (2)
· With the loss, Tech is now 16-14 on the season and 4-7 in Big 12 play
The series now moves to 24-19
all-time and 13-5 in Lincoln, all in favor of
· Tech starting pitcher A.J. Ramos has hit at least one batter in all seven of his starts this season and was the third straight start Ramos has given up at least one run in the first inning.