Texas Tech Drops Red Raider Classic Finale, 4-2
Texas Tech freshman Tim Proudfoot was named Red Raider Classic Most Outstanding Player
Feb. 19, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech dropped its final game of the opening-weekend Red Raider Classic with a 4-2 defeat coming against No. 31 Missouri State on Sunday afternoon at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Texas Tech (3-1) won earlier in the day, but couldn't hang on in the finale as the Bears (2-2) scored three runs in the final two innings to leave town as the only team to defeat the Red Raiders.
Junior left-handed pitcher Daniel Coulombe made his return to the mound after suffering season-ending Tommy John surgery a year ago, and he had an impressive season debut with five strikeouts in 5.1 innings pitched while allowing just one run on three hits with one walk. Coulombe didn't figure in the decision.
Holding a 2-1 lead going into the eighth inning, Texas Tech allowed four of the first six Bears batters to reach base via one base hit, two walks and a hit-by-pitch. A bases loaded walk scored the first runner in the inning while a throwing error by Tech reliever Andre Wheeler allowed the second run to score, which gave Missouri State its first lead since the opening frame.
Red Raider All-American closer John Neely (0-1) took the loss after pitching 2.1 innings and allowing two runs (one earned) with two strikeouts and two walks. Wheeler pitched 1.1 innings allowing one run and two hits with two strikeouts.
Missouri State reliever Tyler Burgess (2-0) was solid in relief while facing only eight batters to record the final nine outs of the game. Bears leadoff hitter Spiker Helms led MSU going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. Helms led off the game with a home run on the first pitch of the contest.
The Red Raiders were led offensively by junior center fielder Barrett Barnes (3-for-3, RBI) who was the only Tech player with a multi-hit game.
On the weekend, Texas Tech's pitching staff finished with a 1.75 ERA in 36.0 innings pitched with 34 strikeouts and only seven walks allowed. Ten Red Raider pitchers saw action with seven tallying an ERA below 1.70.
Texas Tech will be back at home next weekend hosting the third-annual Brooks Wallace Memorial Classic, where the Red Raiders will welcome Northern Illinois and No. 11 St. John's.