Texas Tech Uses Big Innings Late to Defeat Dallas Baptist, 7-1|
April 11, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - After five scoreless innings from both squads, Texas Tech took the lead and never looked back in a 7-1 victory over Dallas Baptist on Wednesday afternoon at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
The Red Raiders (19-15) improved to 8-1 during midweek games this season while Dallas Baptist (21-10) had its five-game win streak snapped with its first loss in the month of April.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the sixth, Tech freshman third baseman Bryant Burleson tied the game with an RBI single up the middle and the next batter, Jordan Lopez, drove in the eventual game-winning run with an RBI single up the middle.
Texas Tech starting pitcher Rusty Shellhorn took a no decision despite pitching five shutout innings with two strikeouts allowing only three base hits in his fifth start of the season. Junior reliever Aaron Corwin (1-0) earned his first win of the season pitching 1.1 innings with one strikeout while allowing one run on two hits.
Dallas Baptist starting pitcher Jay Calhoun was also impressive in the no decision going five shutout innings allowing three hits with two strikeouts and three walks allowed. DBU reliever Aaron Gilbreath, who followed Calhoun, was the losing pitcher allowing two runs on one hit.
The Red Raiders were sharp defensively turning a pair of double plays, including an inning-ending double play in the fifth and also one in the eighth inning. Tech didn't commit an error and the Patriots made just one error in the game.
Barnes led the way for Tech going 2-for-4 with three RBI while Burleson went 2-for-4 with an RBI and leadoff hitter Jamodrick McGruder tied a career-high with three walks while also scoring two runs with two stolen bases.
Texas Tech will host a non-conference three-game this weekend against Houston (12-18-1) starting on Friday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. The series will mark the first for Houston in Lubbock since the final year of the Southwest Conference in 1996 when the Red Raiders and Cougars played in the SWC Tournament and also a three-game series in Lubbock.