Kilcrease, Tomlinson Lead Red Raiders to Win Over Northwestern
Feb. 19, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - Junior Robbie Kilcrease pitched 7.0 innings allowing only one run with four strikeouts and didn't walk a batter while Kelby Tomlinson went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two stolen bases to lead Texas Tech to a 6-1 victory over Northwestern Saturday afternoon at Dan Law Field.
Texas Tech (2-0) will turn around and play Utah Valley in the 6 p.m. game Saturday night in the second day of competition at the Red Raider Classic. Three of the Red Raiders' six runs were unearned as the Wildcats (1-2) committed five errors in the contest.
Kilcrease, who returned this season after undergoing season-ending Tommy John season last year, won his first game since picking up a win in relief on April 17, 2009 against Kansas.
Northwestern starter Jack Havey lost his first start of the season pitching 5.0 innings with only one strikeout while allowing four walks, five hits and five runs.
The Wildcats reached the board first, scoring their only run of the game in the first inning on an RBI double by Chris Lashmet. Kilcrease then settled into a groove allowing just one base hit over the next five innings.
The Red Raiders answered in the bottom of the first with Tomlinson reaching base on a walk, stealing second base and then scoring on a wild pitch. Junior third baseman Reid Redman plated Tech's second run with an RBI single through the right side in the second and then Tomlinson drove in designated hitter Nick Hanslik (reached on a fielder's choice) with a single through the right side.
Center fielder Barrett Barnes extended his hit streak to seven games going 1-for-3 with a run scored while Stephen Hagen (1-for-4, RBI), Bo Altobelli (1-for-2) and Hanslik (1-for-3, 2 runs) all recorded base hits.
Sophomore newcomer Jerad McCrummen made his Red Raider debut pitching two perfect fames to end the contest.