Tadlock Wins Debut, Red Raiders Shutout Huskies 8-0
Feb. 15, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech baseball team gave Tim Tadlock his first victory as the Red Raiders head coach on Opening Day with an 8-0 shutout over Northern Illinois on Friday night in front of 2,459 fans at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park in the first day of the fourth-annual Brooks Wallace Memorial Classic.
Tadlock becomes the first head coach in school history to win his debut game in a shutout. It also marked just the sixth Opening Day shutout in 64 years of baseball at Texas Tech.
Helping lead Tadlock to his first career win at the helm of his alma mater were right-handed starting pitcher Dominic Moreno and right-handed reliever Nathan Bauder who combined for 17 strikeouts - the most by a Red Raider pitching staff on Opening Day in over 17 years.
Moreno earned the win pitching six innings while giving up just five hits with 11 strikeouts and three walks allowed. His 11 strikeouts are the most by a Red Raider starting pitcher on Opening Day in over 17 years.
Northern Illinois starting pitcher Zach Badgley took the loss allowing six runs on five hits with three walks in two innings of work.
Tech's lineup featured six starting position players and Moreno - its starting pitcher - who made their first career division I start. Overall, eight Red Raiders made their first career starts on Opening Day.
Randolph scored Tech's first run in the opening frame with an RBI single to left field. Tech added two runs in the second and three runs in the third while five different players collected RBI.
Moreno, meanwhile, struck out two in the first, and struck out the side in the second while tallying multiple strikeouts in four of his six innings on the hill.
Bauder made his career debut with a three-inning save while allowing three hits with six strikeouts and allowing just one walk.
The Red Raiders will continue play at the Brooks Wallace Memorial Classic on Saturday, Feb. 16 while hosting Northern Colorado at 2 p.m. and then taking on BYU at 6 p.m. at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
OTHER BROOKS WALLACE MEMORIAL CLASSIC ACTION:
GAME 1 - BYU 9, Northern Colorado 0
GAME 2 - Northern Colorado 6, BYU 4