Tomlinson's Game-Winning Hit Lifts Tech Over Iowa, 9-7|
March 11, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - Junior shortstop Kelby Tomlinson went 3-for-4 and drove in the game-winning runs with a two-out, two RBI single to right field in the eighth inning to give Texas Tech a 9-7 victory over Iowa on Friday night at Dan Law Field.
Texas Tech (9-5) snapped a four-game losing streak with the win and Iowa drops to 4-6 overall following the first game of the Texas Tech Invitational. The contest marked the first-ever meeting between Texas Tech and Iowa.
The Hawkeyes tied the game at seven with a four-run frame in the top of the eighth inning. Tomlinson and Tech answered in the bottom half of the eighth after third baseman Reid Redman started the rally with a double to left and Barrett Barnes reached with a hit-by-pitch.
Jamodrick McGruder extended the inning with a full-count walk before Tomlinson lined a single to the opposite field to score Redman and Barnes to break the tie and give Tech the lead for good.
John Neely (2-0) pitched a perfect 1-2-3 ninth inning to cap off his second win in relief this season. Red Raider starting pitcher Daniel Coulombe left after six innings with a 6-3 lead, but did not factor in the decision. Coulombe struck out six and walked one while allowing three runs on nine hits in his fourth start of the season.
Hawkeyes reliever Zach Kenyon (1-1) took the loss pitching 1.2 innings, allowing three runs on three hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
Center fielder Trevor Willis led Iowa at the plate going 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBI.
McGruder went 3-for-4 and Barnes matched his career-high with three runs going 1-for-3. Sophomore catcher Bo Altobelli went 2-for-4 and Redman went 2-for-4 for the Red Raiders.
In addition, all nine Tech starters tallied at least one base hit in the game for the second time this season.
Redshirt freshman Duke von Schamann went 1-for-4, but his one hit - the first base hit of his career - was a solo home run over the left-center field wall to lead off the bottom of the second inning for Tech's fifth homer this season.
The Red Raiders will continue play at the Texas Tech Invitational on Saturday with two games, starting at noon against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (10-5) and with the second game against the Hawkeyes at 4 p.m.