Texas Tech Wins Big 12 Home Opener 6-1 Over No. 27 Oklahoma
March 23, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech won its first league game of the season in its Big 12 home opener over No. 27 Oklahoma, 6-1, on Friday night in front of a season-high 3,277 fans at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Duke von Schamann (3-3) pitched a nine-inning complete game gem allowing just one run on six hits with three strikeouts and a walk to lead Texas Tech (15-8, 1-3 Big 12). Oklahoma falls to 13-10 overall and to 0-4 in Big 12 play.
Oklahoma starting pitcher Jordan John (3-4) took the loss going 7.1 innings allowing five runs (four earned) on 10 hits with six strikeouts and three walks while tallying 127 pitches (75 strikes).
Tech held a 3-0 lead going into the eighth inning when the Sooners scored its only run of the game - unearned run - to cut the Red Raiders lead to a pair of runs, 3-1.
The bottom of the batting order answered for Tech in the eighth with three straight doubles as Bryant Burleson drove in Bo Altobelli with an RBI double to left-center field, Brennan Moore scored Burleson with a double down the right-field line and Jordan Lopezplated Moore with a double down the left-field line.
That was all the run support von Schamann would need as he finished the game in the top of the ninth inning with a groundout to Reid Redmanat third base to leave two Oklahoma base runners in scoring position.
von Schamann became the first Red Raider to throw a nine-inning complete game since April 11, 2009, when former Red Raider Chad Bettisthrew a nine-inning complete game at No. 11 Oklahoma. von Schamann was efficient in his second complete game (8.0 IP at TCU) throwing 104 pitches with 82 coming for strikes.
Junior leadoff hitter Jamodrick McGruderwent 3-for-4 and scored two runs while collecting a pair of triples. Altobelli went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Burleson finished going 3-for-4 with a run scored and RBI.
Texas Tech doubled Oklahoma's hits total with 12 compared to the Sooners six. Oklahoma was led by center fielder Max White, who went 3-for-4.
The Red Raiders and Sooners will continue their Big 12 series on Saturday, March 24 with a 5 p.m. first-pitch at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park. Fans in attendance at the Texas Tech football spring game on Saturday (1 p.m.) will receive free admission to game two of the Texas Tech and Oklahoma baseball series when showing their spring-game ticket.