Texas Tech Defeats Northern Illinois to Improve to 7-1 Overall|
Feb. 26, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech won its second game on Sunday with a 10-4 victory over Northern Illinois on the third day of the Brooks Wallace Memorial Classic at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
The Red Raiders improved to 7-1 overall on the season while the Huskies (0-6) continue looking for their first win of the season.
Texas Tech produced its highest runs (10) and base hits (15) totals of the season while continuing its streak of not allowing opponents to score more than five runs to eight straight games to open the 2012 season.
Junior left-handed pitcher Rusty Shellhorn (2-0) struck out seven batters in six innings while giving up four runs (three earned) on eight base hits and two walks. Junior right-handed reliever Jamen Parten earned his first career save pitching three perfect innings to finish the game.
Junior first baseman Scott LeJeune led the way offensively going 4-for-5 with a run scored and RBI while right fielder Jamodrick McGruder went 3-for-4 with a triple and run scored while tallying his 59th career stolen base (leads all active Big 12 players).
A total of seven Red Raiders had base hits with designated hitter Stephen Hagen (2-for-5, 2 runs, RBI), catcher Bo Altobelli (2-for-4, 2 RBI) and second baseman Bryant Burleson (2-for-3, RBI) all had multi-hit games.
The Red Raiders scored early and often with four runs in the first, two in the second, one in the third and two runs in the fourth before adding their 10th run in the sixth inning.
Northern Illinois actually took a 3-0 lead after Huskies third baseman Troy White hit a three-run homer off Shellhorn in the first inning.
The Huskies lead didn't last long as the Red Raiders used four singles and a double in the bottom of the first to take a 4-3 lead.
Barrett Barnes belted his third home run of the season (27th career) in the second inning, a two-run shot to left field. Altobelli hit a solo homer to left in the third and third baseman Reid Redman hit his first career home run with a two-run blast over the left-field wall in the fourth inning. It marked the first time the Red Raiders had hit three home runs in a game since May 2010.
Shellhorn settled down over the following five frames where he only allowed one run - unearned - on six base hits.
Shellhorn and Parten combined retired the final 10 Huskie batters in order from the final out in the sixth to the last out in the game in the ninth.
Texas Tech will complete play at the third-annual Brooks Wallace Memorial Classic on Monday, Feb. 27, hosting Northern Illinois for a 5 p.m. first pitch at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.