Tech Sweeps Florida Gulf Coast, Spencer Wins 100th Career Game|
March 21, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech head coach Dan Spencer won his 100th career game while the Red Raiders completed a two-game series sweep over Florida Gulf Coast on Wednesday evening with a 14-8 victory at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Texas Tech's (14-8) win marked its ninth consecutive home win while improving its home record to 12-1 this season. Florida Gulf Coast dropped to 8-13 overall.
The Red Raiders tallied 16 base hits - eight for extra-bases - with seven players finishing with at least two hits each. Tech has now scored at least 10 runs in four straight midweek games - which is a first for the program since 2005.
Left-handed reliever Rusty Shellhorn (4-1) earned his team-leading fourth win of the season after entering the game in the third inning. That was the same inning Florida Gulf Coast took a 5-3 lead. Shellhorn pitched two shutout innings allowing just two hits with three strikeouts as Tech took the lead back for good.
Florida Gulf Coast starting pitcher Brandon Bixler (2-3) took the loss allowing seven runs (all earned) on eight hits with two strikeouts and five walks.
Tech took advantage of the middle innings, outscoring the Eagles 11-2 in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. The fourth inning Tech sent eight batters to the plate, four of which who doubled.
Jamodrick McGruder (3-for-4, 4 runs, 2 RBI) notched his second extra-base hit of the game in the fourth(tripled in the first) while Barrett Barnes (2-for-4) reached on a double, Scott LeJeune (2-for-2, 3 RBI) drove in a run with a double and third baseman Reid Redman (2-for-4, 2 RBI) also drove in a run with a double.
Two additional doubles followed in the fifth inning by second baseman Bryant Burleson (2-for-5, 2 runs) and right fielder Jordan Lopez (3-for-4, 2 runs, RBI). Lopez finished with his first career multi-hit game. Junior catcher Bo Altobelli (2-for-4, run, RBI) also finished with multiple hits.
Tech used a total of seven pitchers in the game, including redshirt sophomore right-handed pitcher Brannon Easterling who started in the game and made his Red Raider debut going 2.2 innings allowing two runs on three hits.
Florida Gulf Coast was led by nine-hole batter Alex Diaz' 4-for-4 performance with two runs scored, a home run and three RBI.
Spencer becomes the third Tech head coach in the history of the program to win 100 career games. He achieved the milestone in the second fewest games among Red Raider coaches with 100 victories.
Texas Tech will now look to prepare for its first home Big 12 series of the season as they welcome No. 27 Oklahoma for a three-game set at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park. The series gets underway on Friday, March 23 with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch. The series continues on Saturday (5 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.).