Neely, Five-Run Seventh Give Tech Sweep Over UTSA
April 6, 2011
SAN ANGELO, Texas - Texas Tech used a five-run seventh inning and 3.2 dominating innings out of the bullpen from John Neely to finish off a doubleheader sweep over UTSA, 11-6, on Tuesday evening at Foster Field in San Angelo.
Texas Tech improves to 19-11 overall on the season, marking the program's most wins through its opening 30 games since starting the 2006 season 20-10 overall. UTSA falls to 11-20 on the season.
After cruising through the opening five innings with a 5-3 lead, Texas Tech found itself in a close contest when UTSA scored two runs in the sixth to tie the game.
Neely entered the game and slammed the door pitching 3.2 innings with six strikeouts to earn his seventh win of the season. UTSA reliever Michael Kraft (1-2) pitched 5.0 innings allowing two runs on six hits with three strikeouts in the loss.
Neely struck out the first four batters he faced, including back-to-back hitters in the fifth to end the Roadrunners rally with runners at first and second base.
He followed with a three-up, three-down inning in the seventh and then Tech gave Neely all of the run support he would need.
Designated hitter Kevin Whitehead hit an RBI single to center field, scoring sophomore catcher Bo Altobelli who reached base with a hit-by-pitch. It was the second consecutive game Whitehead provided Tech with the eventual game-winning RBI.
Neely then allowed one run in the eighth inning before striking out two batters in the ninth to secure the doubleheader sweep for Texas Tech.
Redman was the only Red Raider with back-to-back multi-hit games in the doubleheader as he went 2-for-4 in the nightcap. Shortstop Kelby Tomlinson went 3-for-4 with a walk, Paiz finished 2-for-4, Altobelli went 2-for-4 with three RBI and Barnes went 3-for-5 with two RBI.
Texas Tech will be back in Big 12 Conference action this weekend hosting No. 5 Texas A&M at Dan Law Field for a Friday (6:30 p.m.), Saturday (5 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) series. Fans can purchase tickets on-line at www.texastech.com or by calling the Texas tech Athletics Ticket office at (806) 742-TECH or 1-888-GOBIG12.