Masek Leads Tech to Series Clinching Win Over UTA
March 9, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Junior right-handed pitcher Trey Masek pitched Texas Tech to a 4-1 series-clinching victory over UT Arlington on Saturday evening with eight shutout innings and seven strikeouts in front of 2,462 fans at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
The Red Raiders (10-6) have won their second straight head-to-head weekend series while having now won five of their last six games overall. The Mavericks fall to 8-6 overall and to 0-3 on the road this season.
Masek (3-0) allowed only two base hits in the win and didn't surrender a walk while retiring the final 19 batters he faced from the 2nd-to-8th inning. He hasn't allowed a run all season - spanning 32 consecutive innings - and hasn't issued a walk in 18 straight innings.
Mavericks starting pitcher Zach Thompson (1-1) took his first loss of the season pitching 6.2 innings allowing four runs (3 ER) on six hits with one strikeout and a walk.
Masek allowed two base runners on the only two hits he allowed with one each in the first and second inning. In the second inning, the Red Raiders took a 1-0 lead on sophomore shortstop Tim Proudfoot's RBI groundout to shortstop Ryan Walker.
Masek dominated from that point forward as he retired 19 straight, which included 11 groundouts, six strikeouts and just two fly-ball outs.
Proudfoot led Tech with two RBI while going 1-for-3 at the plate. Freshman first baseman Eric Gutierrez went-2-for-4 with a run scored and freshman designated hitter Jarrard Poteete went 1-for-4 with two runs scored.
Proudfoot singled to center field in the fourth to score Tech's second run of the game while taking a 2-0 lead.
The Mavericks scored their only run of the game in the ninth inning with a lead-off triple by senior center fielder Jake Pinchback who then scored on shortstop Ryan Walker's RBI groundout to second base - all coming against Tech relief pitcher Corey Taylor.
In addition, the Red Raiders did not commit an error on defense and their hitters combined for only one strikeout in the game.
Tech will look for its first head-to-head weekend series sweep of the season on Sunday as the Red Raiders and Mavericks are set for a 2 p.m. series finale at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park in Lubbock.