Texas Tech Pitchers Strikeout 13 in Win Over Northern Illinois|
Feb. 25, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - A pair of milestones were reached in Texas Tech's 8-5 win over Northern Illinois Saturday night at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park as left-handed pitcher Daniel Coulombe earned his first career win and center fielder Barrett Barnes recorded his 100th career RBI as a Red Raider.
The win moves the Red Raiders to 5-1 overall while the Huskies (0-5) dropped their second game of the day while also losing 11-9 to No. 18 St. John's in 10 innings.
Coulombe (1-0) earned his first career win as a Red Raider - and first win since high school - while going five innings allowing five runs (three earned) on six hits with eight strikeouts and three walks. In fact, Coulombe and two other Red Raider pitchers (Jerad McCrummen, John Neely) combined for 13 strikeouts, Tech's most since striking out 14 against BYU last season (Feb. 25).
The Red Raiders used a pair of big innings as they pushed across four runs in the second inning and three runs in the fourth while also notching a run in the eighth frame. Northern Illinois only scored in two innings, tallying a run in the fifth and four runs in the sixth.
Barnes, who leads Tech batting .435 with 10 hits and nine RBI this season, went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI while reaching the career 100-RBI milestone. Barnes recorded 100 RBI in 120 career games played making him the seventh fastest Red Raider to reach the milestone over the past decade.
Barnes singled home a run in the second just before third baseman Reid Redman doubled down the left-field line to score Tech's second run of the game. The Red Raiders added two additional runs in the second on wild pitches.
Tech jumped out to a 7-0 lead after Barnes doubled home a run and two more runs scored to chase Huskies starting pitcher Jake Hermsen (0-2) who took the loss after pitching four innings and giving up seven runs (six earned) on five hits with six walks and six strikeouts.
The Red Raiders were also led on the mound by McCrummen who pitched three solid innings with four strikeouts and two walks. Tech senior All-American closer John Neely pitched the ninth inning with a strikeout to earn his first save of the season.
Seven Tech players tallied base hits, but only Barnes finished with multiple hits. Jamodrick McGruder (1-for-3, run), Redman (1-for-4, RBI), Scott LeJeune (1-for-3, 2 BB), Bo Altobelli (1-for-4, run), David Paiz (1-for-5) and Tim Proudfoot (1-for-2, 2 runs, 2 BB) also recorded base hits.
Texas Tech will be back in action at the third-annual Brooks Wallace Memorial Classic on Sunday with a pair of games, starting with a 1 p.m. contest against No. 18 St. John's and then playing Northern Illinois at 5 p.m. at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.