Bettis, Barnes Lead Tech To Opening Day Win
Feb. 19, 2010
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech's own version of the Killer B's came up big on Opening Day as junior right-hander Chad Bettis pitched seven strong innings and freshman right fielder Barret Barnes drove in six runs to lead the Red Raiders to an 8-3 win over Jacksonville State in front of 2,243 fans at Dan Law Field.
With the win, Texas Tech improves to 1-0 on the season and will resume play tomorrow afternoon against the Michigan Wolverines in what will be the fourth game of the Red Raider Classic. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Bettis set the tone early for the contest as he retired the first 13 Gamecock hitters he faced and that helped give the offense some breathing room as Tech staked an 8-0 lead during that stretch. Jacksonville State finally managed its first hit of the night off of Bettis with a leadoff double by Kyle Bluestein in the top of the sixth. In all Bettis, allowed just one run on four hits and struckout four over seven innings of work to pick up his first win of the season.
Barnes' Red Raider debut was a special one as the Sugarland, Texas, native drove in the first run of the season for the Red Raiders in the bottom of the first with an RBI single to left that plated Joey Kenworthy, who drew a one-out walk. Junior catcher Jeremey Mayo followed Barnes' lead and drove in two more runs with a single down the third base line to give Tech the early 3-0 lead.
In the third, Barnes' hit the first of two home runs on the night when he blasted a two-run shot over the right field fence that gave Tech a 5-0 lead. The home run was the first of the season for Tech and he became the first true freshman to homer on Opening Day since Roger Kieschnick did so back in 2006. He added three more RBIs to his total in the fourth inning when he dropped a three-run home run over the left field wall to give Tech an 8-0 advantage. Barnes finished the night with three hits (two home runs) and six RBIs.
Jacksonville State tacked on single runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings while holding Tech scoreless over the final four frames.
Malcolm Thomas suffered the loss for the Gamecocks as he surrendered all eight Tech runs over the course of 3 2/3 innings while giving up nine hits and three walks.
In the first game of today's Red Raider Classic, Michigan defeated Jacksonville State 19-11.