Trey Masek Throws Complete-Game Shutout in 3-0 Victory
March 2, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Right-handed pitcher Trey Masek threw a nine-inning, complete-game shutout with a career-high 12 strikeouts while leading Texas Tech to a 3-0 victory over La Salle on Saturday evening at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
The Red Raiders (6-5) even the series with the Explorers (2-4) while Masek stole the show with his third consecutive start without allowing a run while he now has 24 scoreless innings pitched this season with a Big 12 leading 27 strikeouts.
Texas Tech now has three shutouts this season, which marks the first time the Red Raiders have had three shutouts during their opening 11 games of the season since 1994.
Masek struck out at least one batter in eight innings while recording multiple strikeouts in the second, third, seventh and ninth innings. Masek scattered six hits and didn't allow a walk while throwing a career-high 117 pitches. The junior from Giddings, Texas, allowed just two base runners to reach scoring position during the two hour and 14 minute contest.
La Salle starting pitcher Shane Hollman (0-1) took the loss allowing a run on two hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
Texas Tech scored its first run of the game in the second inning on an RBI fielder's choice grounder by right fielder Tyler Neslony.
Masek, meanwhile, retired 20-of-23 batters from the first to seventh inning.
The Red Raiders added two insurance runs in the seventh on a defensive miscue by La Salle and also with an RBI single from freshman Eric Gutierrez with two outs in the inning to give Tech a 3-0 advantage.
La Salle's only scoring threat during the game came in the eighth inning when two of its first three batters reached base with singles. Masek then got center fielder George Smith, Jr. to ground into an inning-ending double play to second baseman Bryant Burleson.
Masek ended the game with a three-up, three-down ninth inning that included a groundout to shortstop Jake Barrios and back-to-back strikeouts.
Tech leadoff hitter and left fielder Brett Bell (2-for-4) scored a run and had a multi-hit game while catcher Mason Randolph went 2-for-3 with a run scored and walk while being on the receiving end of Masek's complete-game shutout.
Tech and La Salle will play their three-game series finale on Sunday with a 1 p.m. first pitch from Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.