Trey Masek Delivers for Tech in 6-4 Win Over Iowa
March 12, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - Freshman Trey Masek made his first career start a memorable one pitching 7.2 innings while leading Texas Tech to a 6-4 victory over Iowa on Saturday night at Dan Law Field.
Texas Tech (10-6) defeated Iowa (4-7) for the second straight day in competition at the Texas Tech Invitational.
Masek, who entered the day making four appearances out of the bullpen this season, allowed only three hits and two earned runs with five strikeouts while marking the longest outing by a Red Raider this season. He dominated through the middle innings retiring 10 consecutive batters and facing the minimum 18 batters from the second to the eighth inning.
Iowa jumped on the board first scoring an unearned run in the second inning after two Tech errors led to the run. Texas Tech took a 4-1 lead after Jamodrick McGruder scored Kevin Whitehead with a sacrifice fly and then Barrett Barnes hit his third homer of the season - a three run shot - to give Tech a three-run advantage in the bottom of the second inning.
Masek then didn't allow a base runner for the next three innings and Tech added runs in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 6-1 lead.
Iowa mounted a comeback in the eighth inning scoring three runs off Masek and reliever Zach Fowler. Tech brought in reliever John Neely who got out of the eighth with a fielder's choice and then retired Iowa in order in the ninth to tally his third save of the season.
Iowa starting pitcher Nick Brown suffered his first loss of the season allowing six runs (two earned) on seven hits with three strikeouts in six innings pitched.
Tech freshman David Paiz (2-for-4) recorded his second straight multi-hit game while McGruder (1-for-3) joined Barnes with multiple RBI after driving in a pair.
Texas Tech will continue play at the Texas Tech Invitational on Sunday against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 4 p.m. at Dan Law Field.