No. 27 Texas Tech Sweeps Alabama A&M with 25-5 Victory|
March 14, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - No. 27 Texas Tech finished its midweek series sweep over Alabama A&M with a 25-5 victory on Wednesday at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
The Red Raiders (12-5) scored their most runs in a game since scoring 30 runs against Harvard on March 6, 2004 in Lubbock. It also marked the first time Tech has had back-to-back 20-run games since 2003 (vs. Wofford) and is the most runs scored (46) Texas Tech has had in consecutive games since 2004 (48 vs. Harvard in a doubleheader).
Alabama A&M suffered its ninth consecutive loss and dropped to 5-14 on the season.
Texas Tech scored five runs in the first inning, four runs in the third and tallied 13 runs in the middle innings with two in the fourth, five in the fifth and seven runs in the sixth. Tech also added two runs in the eighth.
After senior right-handed pitcher John Neely made his first start of the season and tallied one inning on the hill, sophomore right-handed pitcher David Paiz (1-0) earned his first win of the season pitching four innings while giving up one run (unearned) with two hits and six strikeouts with two walks.
Texas Tech's offensive parade was led by a pair of underclassmen as freshman shortstop Tim Proudfoot went 4-for-6 with four runs scored, a double, grand slam and six RBI while Lubbock native and sophomore catcher Mason Randolph also went 4-for-6 with six RBI with a double and a run scored.
Proudfoot's grand slam accounted for all four Tech runs in the third inning, which gave Tech a 9-0 advantage. The Red Raiders scored 11 unanswered runs to start the game before Alabama A&M scored a run in both the fifth and sixth innings, but Tech answered each time with five in the fifth and seven in the sixth to give Tech a 23-2 lead.
Other Red Raiders that joined Proudfoot and Randolph with multiple hits included Nick Hanslik (2-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBI), Scott LeJeune (2-for-3, 3 runs, RBI), Reid Redman (3-for-4, 3 runs) and Bo Altobelli (3-for-3, 3 runs, 4 RBI).
Texas Tech pounded out 23 base hits with 11 different players recording at least one hit and seven Red Raiders finished with at least two runs scored. The Red Raiders also posted seven doubles, six walks, six hit-by-pitch and three stolen bases.
Four relievers made appearances for the Red Raiders as Aaron Corwin (1.0 IP), Blake Stewart (2.0 IP) and Ben Flora (1.0 IP) joined Paiz while pitching in relief of Neely, who made his first start since 2010.
The Red Raiders will now prepare to open Big 12 Conference play this weekend with a three-game series in Waco against Baylor at Baylor Ballpark. The series is scheduled to start Friday, March 16 with a 6:35 p.m. first pitch. The weekend series will continue Saturday (3:05 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.).