Red Raiders Finish Off Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 9-7|
March 15, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech won its third straight game defeating Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 9-7 in the final game of the Texas Tech Invitational at Dan Law Field Tuesday afternoon.
Duke von Schamann made his collegiate debut on the mound as he earned the win in a three-inning predetermined start for the Red Raiders (12-6). The Islanders (12-8) received eight hits from their top three batters in the lineup, but it wasn't enough as they never led in the game.
Texas Tech scored in the first inning on Nick Popescu's sacrifice fly to left field. The Red Raiders added to their lead in the second inning on Jamodrick McGruder's sacrifice fly, scoring two runs on Barrett Barnes' double down the left-field line and scoring a run on Kelby Tomlinson's single up the middle to take a 5-0 lead.
The Red Raiders used seven pitchers in the contest as no reliever threw more than two innings.
The Islanders were held scoreless through four innings and finally got on the scoreboard with three runs in the fifth and two in the sixth to cut Tech's lead to two runs, 7-5.
Tech put the game away on junior first baseman Stephen Hagen's two-run home run to left field in the seventh inning - his second home run of the season.
The Texas Tech pitching staff held A&M-Corpus Christi to seven runs on 14 base hits. The Islanders finished the game leaving 12 runners on base, including eight in scoring position.
Tomlinson went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI, junior catcher Kevin Whitehead went 2-for-3 with a double and Hagen finished 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI.
Islander starting pitcher Sean Hoelscher (0-1) took the loss pitching 1.1 innings allowing five runs on just one hit while walking six with one strikeout.
Texas Tech will now prepare for the start of the Big 12 season this weekend playing at No. 14 Baylor, March 18-20, at Baylor Ballpark in Waco. The Red Raiders and Bears will play Friday (6:30 p.m.), Saturday (3 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.).