Texas Tech Shuts Out Texas in Big 12 Opener
Poteete's first career home run gave Tech a 1-0 shutout in its Big 12 opener
March 15, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Tech went into Austin and shutout Texas 1-0 in both team's Big 12 Conference opener on Friday night at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in front of 6,650 fans. Freshman designated hitter Jarrard Poteete hit his first career home run over the right-field wall in the seventh inning for the game's only run.
The win marks Texas Tech's (13-7, 1-0 Big 12) first 1-0 shutout over Texas (11-6, 0-1 Big 12) in Austin since 1991 and the Red Raiders first series opening win over the Longhorns in Austin since 1994.
Tech starting pitcher Dominic Moreno (2-1) pitched seven shutout innings allowing just four hits with two strikeouts in his first career Big 12 contest. Senior right-handed pitcher Jerad McCrummen earned a two-inning save with three strikeouts and ending the game with a strikeout and groundout to leave a pair of Longhorns stranded in scoring position.
With the game scoreless through six innings, Poteete, a freshman from Braggs, Okla., hit a towering homer over the right-field wall off Texas reliever Ty Marlow (1-1) with one out in the inning.
Marlow took the loss allowing the game's only run with two strikeouts in 1.1 innings of work.
With the lead in the bottom of the seventh, Moreno left UT runners on the corners while getting second baseman Brooks Marlow to line out to right fielder Devon Conley to end the potential scoring threat.
McCrummen entered in the eighth and shut down the Longhorns with a three-up, three-down frame, which included strikeouts to both Weston Hall and Taylor Stell to open the inning.
Texas had its first two batters aboard in the ninth with a single to center field from Mark Payton and a bunt single from shortstop C.J. Hinojosa. Alex Silver pinch hit and sacrificed both runners into scoring position with a bunt to Tech third baseman Jake Barrios.
McCrummen then struck out catcher Jacob Felts on a 1-2 pitch and got pinch hitter Matt Moynihan to ground weakly to second baseman Bryant Burleson to end the game.
Tech had only three base hits in the game as freshman first baseman Eric Gutierrez (1-for-4) and catcher Mason Randolph (1-for-4) joined Poteete in the hit column. Texas finished with seven hits in the contest.
Texas Tech and Texas will resume their three-game Big 12 series on Saturday with a 2 p.m. first pitch from UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin. The Red Raiders will start right-handed pitcher Trey Masek while the Longhorns will go to left-handed pitcher Dillon Peters in the middle game of the series.
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