Nebraska Blitzes Raiders 8-3

LINCOLN, Neb.--Nebraska's Jeff Leise went 4-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored to lead the 13th-ranked past <b>No. 23 Tech</b> 8-3 in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Haymarket Park.<p> <br>

Nebraska (14-6, 6-2) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on an RBI double by Jed Morris plating Jeff Leise from second.

Senior shortstop Gera Alvarez tied the score for the Raiders in the top of the second when he hit a solo home run over the left wall to extend his hitting-streak to 13 games.

Junior second baseman Joel Buchenauer gave Tech (20-12, 4-7) its first lead of the series when he blasted a line drive to right-center field, which scored Willie Durazo for a 2-1 lead.

The Huskers regained the lead in the bottom of the third on an RBI groundout by Jed Morris and an RBI single by Matt Hopper, which put Nebraska ahead 3-2.

Nebraska put up four singles in the bottom of the fourth and got key hits from Daniel Bruce and Drew Anderson giving the Huskers a 5-2 lead.

Matt Harbin replaced Tech starter Chris Phillips in the bottom of the sixth after he gave up a pair of two-out doubles.

Phillips suffered the loss for Texas Tech and falls to 3-2 on the season after giving up seven earned runs on 12 hits through 5 2/3 innings of work.

Jamie Rodriguez improved his record to 4-0 after holding Tech to just three runs on nine hits in eight innings.

Nebraska and Tech will complete the three-game series later today at 4:25 p.m.

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