Red Raiders Suffer Shutout in Series Opener at West Virginia|
Bethard pitched four scoreless relief innings with five strikeouts
March 22, 2013
CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Texas Tech suffered a 2-0 shutout in its series opener at West Virginia on Friday night while Mountaineer left-handed pitcher Harrison Musgrave struck out 13 Red Raiders in 6.2 innings during WVU's first-ever Big 12 home game at Appalachian Power Park.
The Red Raiders (15-9, 2-2 Big 12) also saw their 76 consecutive road game scoring streak come to an end as Tech was shutout on the road for the first time since 2009. West Virginia (9-12, 2-2 Big 12) out-hit the Red Raiders 9-3 while not committing an error in its Big 12 home opener.
Musgrave (3-1) struck out at least two batters in five innings, including striking out the side in the sixth while allowing only two base hits during his third win of the season.
Tech starting pitcher Dominic Moreno (2-2) took the loss allowing two runs - including a solo homer in the third - on seven hits with four strikeouts and two walks. In addition, Tech and WVU combined for just three base hits from the fifth-to-ninth inning.
WVU right fielder Brady Wilson ended a scoreless game in the third while hitting his second home run of the season on a 3-1 pitch from Moreno that landed over the left-field wall. The Mountaineers added their second run in the following inning with a leadoff walk, two bunt base hits and a throwing error to take a 2-0 lead after four innings.
The Red Raiders received their first base hit of the game in the third inning on center fielder Brett Bell's single through the right side. Tech left Bell and third baseman Jake Barrios (HBP) stranded in scoring position in the third.
Tech was retired in order in the fourth, as Musgrave got two swinging strikeouts, and then Tech had three base runners in the fifth and sixth innings combined, all coming via walks from Musgrave.
Bell notched Tech's second hit of the game with a two-out single through the right side in the seventh, but was later picked off to end the inning.
The Red Raiders best scoring opportunity late in the game came in the eighth inning while second baseman Bryant Burleson reached on a single down the left-field line and pinch hitter Alec Humphreys walked. Following a lineout to center field by first baseman Eric Gutierrez, freshman catcher Jarrard Poteete reached base on a nine-pitch walk to load the bases with one out.
West Virginia reliever Pascal Paul earned his third save of the season pitching 2.1 scoreless innings with a strikeout to end the game.
Red Raider freshman right-handed pitcher Justin Bethard pitched four scoreless relief innings for Tech with just two hits allowed with five strikeouts.
The Red Raiders and Mountaineers will conclude their three-game series with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 23, beginning at 1 p.m. ET at Appalachian Power Park.