Texas Tech Hammers Houston 15-4 in Series Opener
April 13, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech junior catcher Bo Altobelli went 2-for-5 with a grand slam and five RBI to pace the Red Raiders to a 15-4 victory over Houston on Friday night at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
The Red Raiders (20-15) and Cougars (12-19-1) squared off in Lubbock for the first time since 1996, the final year of the Southwest Conference. The Red Raiders scored their most runs since March 14 with 13 base hits in the victory.
Senior right-handed pitcher John Neely (3-4) earned the win pitching six innings with two strikeouts while giving up three runs on four base hits. It marked Neely's first Friday-night start since March 26, 2010.
After Houston started the game with two runs in the top of the first, the Red Raiders answered back with three runs to take the lead.
Tech never surrendered its lead scoring three in the fourth and two in the fifth to stretch its lead to 8-2.
Five Red Raiders finished with multi-hit games. Senior Stephen Hagen went 2-for-5 with two RBI, freshman shortstop Tim Proudfoot went 2-for-4 with three runs and an RBI, junior center fielder Barrett Barnes went 2-for-5 with three runs and an RBI and Altobelli led all players with his five RBI.
Hagen drove in runs in the fifth and also added to Tech's lead in the seventh with an RBI double into the left-center field gap to give the Red Raiders a 9-3 advantage.
Altobelli's grand slam was the final blow to the Houston pitching staff that ended the game allowing 15 runs on 13 base hits while the Cougars defense committed four errors in the series opener.
Altobelli's second career grand slam sparked a six-run bottom of the eighth inning for the Red Raiders.
Tech and Houston will continue its weekend series on Saturday, April 14 with a 5 p.m. first-pitch at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park. Texas Tech will start sophomore right-handed pitcher Duke von Schamann (4-3) while Houston has not announced a starting pitcher for Saturday or Sunday.
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