Tech Sweeps Red Raider Classic With Win Over JSU|
Feb. 21, 2010
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech got offensive production up and down its entire lineup and another save from closer Jay Johnson as the Red Raiders dropped Jacksonville State 11-8 in the final game of the 2010 Red Raider Classic.
With the win, Texas Tech improves to 4-0 on the season and sweeps the Red Raider Classic with a pair of wins over both Jacksonville State and Michigan. Jacksonville State falls to 0-4.
The Red Raiders didn't let an 18-run performance against Michigan earlier in the day affect them as the offense came out firing with two runs in the bottom of the first to grab the early lead. Senior left fielder Bonham Hough led off the first with a double to left while designated hitter Scott LeJeune and third baseman Nick Popescu followed suit with a pair of RBI doubles.
Texas Tech blew the game wide open in the third with a seven-run outburst thanks to five hits and two walks. Freshman catcher Bo Altobelli picked up his first hit of the year when he dropped a two-RBI double into left field. Hough, Popescu, Stephen Hagen and Barrett Barnes all added RBIs in the inning.
Jacksonville State made a late comeback as the Gamecocks scored three runs in the seventh, one in the eighth and two in the ninth. Tech closer Jay Johnson allowed his first runs of the season in the ninth when he gave up a two-run home run to pinch hitter Andrew Edge. However, Johnson didn't crumble as he retired the next two batters to pick up his second save of the weekend.
Freshman right-hander Brandon Petite (1-0) earned the win in relief for Tech as he went 2 1/3 innings allowing three runs on two hits. Kevin Elwell (0-1) took the loss for Jacksonville State after giving up three runs on four hits in two innings of work.
Texas Tech returns to action on Tuesday afternoon when the Red Raiders host the New Mexico Lobos at Dan Law Field. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.
2010 Red Raider Classic All-Tournament Team
Most Valuable Player: Barrett Barnes, Texas Tech