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Texas Tech Monday Morning Baseball Notes - Feels Good to Score 19 Runs Edition

Texas Tech Baseball:

Date Texas Tech Kansas State Result
Fri. 04/18/08 @ 6:05 p.m. 4 (L: Brian Cloud, 1-1) 12 (W: Thoma Rooke, 4-1) Boxscore
Sat. 04/19/08 @ 3:00 p.m. 4 (L: Zach Stewart, 2-1) 7 (W: Dan Edwards, 2-3) Boxscore
Sun. 04/20/08 @ 1:00 p.m. 19 (W: Nate Karns, 2-6) 4 (L: Chase Bayuk, 1-4) Boxscore

It's over. It was just a matter of time before the bats woke up, even if it was just for one game, but on Sunday the Red Raiders throttled K-State, 19-4. I'm not sure what happened, but Nate Karns did get the start, going 5.0 innings, giving up 4 hits, 1 run, 2 walks and 5 strike outs. Karns used 97 pitches to get through those 5.0 innings, throwing only 54% for strikes. Both Sam Janca and Owen Brolsma were horrible in relief, up by 19 runs, they can barely record an out. Janca gives up 3 hits, 3 runs, walks none and strikes out none in 0.1 inning. Brolsma hit a batter and walked 2 batters. Luckily, James Leverton was able to induce a double play to end the 6th inning and only allowed 1 hit, while inducing 3 ground outs in he 7th inning. Of Leverton's 12 pitches, 10 were strikes.

Offensively, Roger Kieschnick went 3-5 with a home run and 5 RBI. Just know that the team as a whole hit the cover off of the ball, and Willie Rueda Joey Kenworthy, Doug Thennis, Monk Kreder, and Chris Hall all had 2 RBI for the day.


I would also bet that LAJ's George Watson is also relieved to get the win, but focuses on Roger Kieschnick, who was moved from the clean up spot to 6th spot in the lineup. Here's Kieschnick:

"It also feels good to score 19 runs," said Kieschnick, who had his first multiple-RBI game since March 25 with five. "I don't know how many people the last three or four weeks came up and told me to just have fun. I guess I finally took their advice today. It feels good to score 19 runs on a Sunday."

And Larry Hays:

"The biggest deal to me is having a disappointing loss like we did (Saturday) where we had two or three situations we could have won it, and I liked the way we came out today after a game like that," head coach Larry Hays said. "The way things were going we could have folded, but I really liked the way we played. They keep thinking we're a pretty good club. (The losing streak) is just one of those things we've gone through and I'd like to turn the page and go on."

The biggest surprise to me was the fact that Karns still got the starting nod.


Some pretty entertaining video from Fox34 of Kieschnick, who, along with his teammates sacrificed a bucket of chicken to end the streak.