No. 24 Texas Tech Uses 10 Runs, 15 Hits to Defeat Houston
March 4, 2012
HOUSTON, Texas - Junior first baseman Scott LeJeune went 2-for-5 with three RBI and sophomore right-handed pitcher Trey Masek struck out six in four scoreless relief innings to lead No. 24 Texas Tech to a 10-4 victory over Houston in its final game of the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park.
The Red Raiders (9-3) used 10 runs on 15 hits - matching a season-high - while eight players scored runs and eight players tallied at least one base hit in the win. Houston suffered its only loss of the Houston College Classic and falls to 6-5 overall this season.
Masek (1-0) entered the game in the top of the sixth inning with the score tied, 4-4, and finished the game pitching four innings while allowing just three hits with six strikeouts without allowing a run or a walk.
Masek pitched in relief of starting pitcher Shane Broyles who went five innings with two strikeouts while giving up four runs on seven hits with a walk.
Cougars reliever Jordan Mannisto (1-1) took the loss while pitching 1.2 innings and allowing three runs on five hits with one walk and one strikeout.
Senior designated hitter Kevin Whitehead led the Red Raiders with three base hits, his first career three-hit game. Right fielder Jamodrick McGruder (2-for-4, 2 runs), freshman shortstop Tim Proudfoot (2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 doubles) and catcher Bo Altobelli (3-for-5) led the way for the Tech offense.
Junior center fielder Barrett Barnes went 0-for-4 with a run scored an RBI while seeing his 13-game hit streak come to an end.
The Red Raiders earned the win while pushing across four runs in the sixth inning and two runs in the seventh inning while Masek allowed only three base runners during the final four innings and recorded the final six outs of the game with back-to-back three-up, three-down innings.
Texas Tech will be back in action with a midweek game at No. 11 Arizona State on Tuesday, Mar. 6, in Tempe, Ariz., at Packard Stadium.