Texas Tech Shuts Out Western Michigan in Opening Day Win
Feb. 18, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech shutout Western Michigan 8-0 with three pitchers combining on a two-hitter while Barrett Barnes homered in his first at-bat of the season to guide the Red Raiders to its first Opening Day shutout since 2001 in front of 2,398 fans at Dan Law Field.
It marked the largest Opening Day crowd for the Red Raiders at Dan Law Field since 2003.
Western Michigan dropped to 1-1 on the season after winning its season opener 3-2 against Utah Valley earlier in the day.
Junior John Neely earned the victory pitching 4.0 innings out of the bullpen, allowing only one hit with four strikeouts without surrendering a walk. Junior Daniel Coulombe pitched 3.2 innings of no-hit baseball to begin the contest, but finished pitching 4.0 innings with only allowing one hit with five strikeouts and two walks allowed in the no-decision.
Barnes - who is now 5-for-7 with three home runs and eight RBI in two career Opening Day games - gave the Red Raiders an early 2-0 lead with a home run over the left-field wall in his first at-bat of the season. Barnes drove in sophomore second baseman Jamodrick McGruder who reached base on a bunt single- the first hit of the season for Tech.
Later in the frame, freshman David Paiz drove in senior Nick Popescu, who also reached base on a single. Paiz finished the game 3-for-4 with one run and two RBI. Barnes went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two walks.
Junior reliever Brennan Stewart combined with Coulombe and Neely on the two-hitter as he pitched a perfect frame in the ninth.
Five Red Raiders finished with multiple hits, including McGruder (3-for-5, RBI), Popescu (2-for-3, 2 runs) and junior third baseman Reid Redman (2-for-5).
Tech added a run in the fourth inning on McGruder's single through the right side and then increased its lead to eight runs scoring four runs in the seventh inning on three base hits.
Sophomore left-handed pitcher Mike Moyer (0-1) took the loss in his first start of the season for the Broncos. Moyer threw 3.0 innings while allowing three runs (all earned) on six hits with three strikeouts and two walks allowed. Western Michigan threw four pitchers in the contest.
Only one Western Michigan player reached scoring position - with no base runner advancing past first base during the final five innings.
Texas Tech will continue play in the Red Raider Classic on Saturday, Feb. 19, hosting Northwestern (2:30 p.m.) and Utah Valley (6 p.m.).
Other Red Raider Classic Action:
Game 2: Western Michigan 3, Utah Valley 2 | Box Score