Tech Takes Series Over La Salle with Second Straight Shutout|
March 3, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Freshman right-handed pitcher Matt Withrow led Texas Tech to its second straight shutout and to a series clinching win over La Salle with a 7-0 victory on Sunday in front of 2,419 fans at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Texas Tech (7-5) set a new school record along the way with its fourth shutout win at home during its first seven games in Lubbock. The Red Raiders now have 18 consecutive scoreless innings pitched, which is the most by the Red Raiders pitching staff in 12 years.
Withrow (2-1) guided Tech with seven shutout frames - including at least one strikeout in each of the first six innings - while allowing one walk and scattering six hits with a season-high eight strikeouts. In addition, Withrow retired the leadoff batter in all seven innings he took the mound.
Junior right fielder Devon Conley paced Tech at the plate going 2-for-4 with three RBI and a double. Freshman designated hitter Jarrard Poteete (1-for-3) scored two runs and tallied an RBI while junior shortstop Jake Barrios went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI.
La Salle starting pitcher Shawn O'Neill (0-1) lost his season debut going four innings with five walks while allowing four runs on four hits with a strikeout. Both teams used three pitchers in the two hour and five minute contest.
It was scoreless until the third when Tech plated two runs on Conley's double down the right-field line.
The Red Raiders added two runs in the fourth with an RBI triple from third baseman Tim Proudfoot and with an RBI single from Conley.
Sophomore second baseman Bryant Burleson - who had his 11-game hit streak snapped in the game - led off the fifth inning with a walk and later came around to score on an RBI groundout by Poteete. Burleson went 0-for-3 in the game, despite reaching base safely for the 12th consecutive game.
Withrow never faced more than five batters in an inning while allowing only three base runners to reach scoring position. Withrow struck out a pair in the third and fourth innings while finishing his third start throwing 97 pitches.
Barrios hit a shallow fly ball to center field in the eighth inning that got past a diving George Smith Jr. while scoring two additional runs for Tech. Poteete singled and scored and Randolph walked and crossed home plate on Barrios' two-run double.
Tech will be back on the road this week with a midweek two-game series at defending national champion Arizona, March 5-6, at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson. The Red Raiders and Wildcats will play Tuesday at 7 p.m. CT and conclude the midweek series on Wednesday with a 2 p.m. CT first pitch.