No. 27 Texas Tech Explodes for 21 Runs in Win Over Alabama A&M|
March 13, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - No. 27 Texas Tech erupted for 21 runs and 19 base hits in a 21-1 victory over Alabama A&M on Tuesday night in front of 3,309 fans at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Texas Tech (11-5) scored 20 of its 21 runs in the third through sixth inning, highlighted by eight runs in the fourth, while every starting position player had at least one base hit in the game. Alabama A&M (5-13) suffered its eighth consecutive loss while only recording two base hits in the game as neither team committed an error.
The Red Raiders' 21 runs marked their most in a game since 2010 (21 runs at Kansas) and their most runs at home since Opening Day 2006 (21 runs vs. Louisiana-Monroe).
Freshman second baseman Bryant Burleson went 3-for-6 with two runs, two doubles and five RBI. Third baseman Reid Redman went 3-for-4 with two RBI, left fielder David Paiz went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI and senior catcher Kevin Whitehead went 2-for-4 with four runs, two doubles and three RBI.
Junior left-handed pitcher Rusty Shellhorn (3-1) picked up his team-leading third win of the season in a predetermined three-inning start while giving up a run on two hits with three strikeouts without allowing a walk.
The Red Raider bullpen was flawless while junior right-handed pitcher Jamen Parten, senior right-handed pitcher Brennan Stewart and sophomore left-handed pitcher Andre Wheeler combined pitched six innings without allowing a base runner with nine strikeouts.
In fact, the Texas Tech pitching staff retired 21 consecutive batters from the third inning to the ninth inning.
After Alabama A&M took a 1-0 lead in the second, Tech scored four runs in the third inning, sparked by a three-run triple by Barrett Barnes, who then stole home for the second consecutive game, giving Tech a 4-1 lead.
The fourth inning saw 12 Red Raiders come to the plate while seven hits and eight runs later Texas Tech held a 12-1 lead. Burleson had two base hits in the inning with a single and then a three-run double. Paiz also had two hits in the inning with an RBI double and an RBI single.
Burleson hit a two-run double during Tech's four-run fifth inning while Whitehead cleared the bases with a three-run double in the sixth just before freshman Matt Eureste posted his first career RBI with a single through the right side.
Eureste, who also had an RBI single in the eighth, went 2-for-2 while entering the game in the fourth inning and Red Raider right fielder Jamodrick McGruder went 2-for-3 with four runs scored in the leadoff spot.
Texas Tech and Alabama A&M will complete their midweek series on Wednesday, Mar. 14, with a 1 p.m. first pitch at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.