Texas Tech Wins Series - Defeats Houston 7-1 in Game Two
April 14, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech won its first series of the season - and its third game in a row - with a 7-1 victory over Houston on Saturday evening at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Duke von Schamann pitched seven shutout innings with four strikeouts to lead the Red Raiders (21-15) to their fourth win over their last five games. Houston (12-20-1), meanwhile, lost for the eighth time over its last 11 games.
Tech scored a run in the bottom of the first and then used a pair of three-run innings in the fifth and seventh while von Schamann (5-3) scattered 11 base hits and never allowed a run or walk in his team-leading fifth win of the season.
The Red Raiders quartet of Jamodrick McGruder (3-for-4, 3 runs), Barrett Barnes (2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBI), Scott LeJeune (2-for-4, 2 RBI) and Bo Altobelli (2-for-4, 2 RBI) went a combined 9-for-16 with seven runs and seven RBI.
Houston starting pitcher Jordan Mannisto (1-2) took the loss going 4.1 innings allowing three runs - all earned - on seven hits with one strikeout. Three Houston relievers combined to allow four runs on five hits in 3.2 innings.
A two-out RBI single by LeJeune plated Tech's first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning. The Red Raiders added to their lead with three in the fifth inning, sparked by Barnes' two-run triple to deep center field. Altobelli then drove in Barnes with a double to left field.
Tech made the score 7-0 with a three-run seventh inning. Barnes drove in McGruder with a single to left field and LeJeune followed with an RBI single up the middle before Altobelli scored LeJeune with a double off the top of the left-field fence.
In five of von Schamann's innings pitched, he forced the Cougars to leave a runner in scoring position, including the seventh inning - von Schamann's final inning - when three of the first four batters of the frame singled while all three were left on base.
In addition, von Schamann has now gone 18.1 consecutive innings without allowing a walk.
Texas Tech will look for the series sweep over Houston on Sunday with a 1 p.m. first pitch at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.