No. 4 Rice Knocks Off No. 24 Texas Tech, 6-2|
March 3, 2012
HOUSTON, Texas - Junior center fielder Barrett Barnes went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two stolen bases while No. 24 Texas Tech was defeated 6-2 by No. 4 Rice on Saturday evening at the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park.
For the first time this season the Red Raiders (8-3) have suffered back-to-back losses, both against top-five ranked opponents, while the hometown Rice Owls improve to 10-1 overall this season. Rice has now won 14 consecutive games over the Red Raiders, dating back to 1996.
Tech starting pitcher Rusty Shellhorn (2-1) went 4.1 innings in the loss while allowing five runs in the opening two frames. Shellhorn gave up six runs (five earned) on six hits with five strikeouts and one walk in his third start of the season.
Rice starter Matthew Reckling (2-0) pitched 6.2 innings in the win while allowing two runs on four hits with three strikeouts and three walks. Owls reliever Tyler Duffey notched his second save of the season while pitching the final 2.1 innings without allowing a base hit or run scored with four strikeouts and zero walks.
The Red Raiders scored first with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. Jamodrick McGruder led off the game with a walk and a stolen base and then scored on Barnes' single to left field. Barnes then stole second and third base and came in to score on first baseman Scott LeJeune's sacrifice fly to center field, giving Tech a 2-0 advantage.
The Red Raiders sent a total of eight batters to the plate in the first inning.
Rice answered immediately in the bottom of the first with a three-run homer to left field from left fielder Michael Ratterree, giving the lead to the Owls, 3-2 after one inning of play.
Rice added two runs - one earned - in the second inning and scored its final run in the fifth inning on an RBI double.
Reckling was in control on the hill for Rice as he didn't allow a base hit to the Red Raiders for 5.2 consecutive innings, spanning from the last out of the first inning all the way until the second batter in the top of the seventh inning.
Tech used four relievers in the contest as Jamen Parten (1.0 IP), Ben Flora (0.2 IP), Jerad McCrummen (1.0 IP) and Aaron Corwin (1.0 IP) all made appearances. Corwin's appearance was his first of the season.
Texas Tech will wrap up competition at the Houston College Classic on Sunday, Mar. 4, with a 2:30 p.m. contest against Houston (6-4) at Minute Maid Park.