Duke von Schamann Leads Tech to Series Opening Win Over Kansas|
March 30, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Texas Tech right-handed pitcher Duke von Schamann threw a complete-game two-hitter to lift the Red Raiders in a 3-1 victory over Kansas on Friday night at Hoglund Ballpark.
Texas Tech (16-11, 2-5 Big 12) claimed its sixth straight win over the Jayhawks (10-15, 0-4 Big 12) dating back to 2010, while von Schamann notched his third complete game of the season and his second in as many starts.
von Schamann (4-3) was stellar once again for the Red Raiders pitching nine innings without allowing an earned run with six strikeouts while giving up just two base hits. He threw a first-pitch strike to 26-of-30 batters faced and retired 12 straight batters from the first to fifth inning and another 13 consecutive batters from the fifth inning until the last out of the game.
The game was tied at 1-1 going into the eighth inning when a two-out rally sparked the Red Raiders. Barrett Barnes got things going with a line-drive single to center field and Scott LeJeune followed with a single to left-center field to give Tech runners at the corners.
With designated hitter Kevin Whitehead at the plate, a wild pitch allowed Barnes to score the eventual game-winning run.
Tech added an insurance run in the ninth inning on a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch to freshman shortstop Tim Proudfoot that allowed Bo Altobelli to score. Altobelli led all players in the game going 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
Dating back to his start at Baylor, von Schamann has gone 19 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run. His back-to-back complete games is a first for a Red Raider since 2005 (Tanner McElroy) while not even halfway through the season, his three complete games on the year match the most by a Tech pitcher since 2001 (Chris Phillips, 7).
In addition, von Schamann needed only 97 pitches (74 strikes) in the complete game.
Texas Tech and Kansas will continue their three-game series on Saturday with a 2 p.m. first pitch. The series will conclude on Sunday with a 1 p.m. first pitch from Hoglund Ballpark.