Shellhorn Leads Tech to 7-0 Shutout and Series Win over Missouri|
April 29, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Junior left-handed pitcher Rusty Shellhorn struck out seven and allowed just two base hits in seven scoreless innings leading Texas Tech to its first Big 12 series win of the season with a 7-0 shutout over Missouri on Sunday in front of 3,018 fans at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Texas Tech (25-22, 5-13 Big 12) claims its first shutout over a Big 12 opponent since taking game three against Nebraska (3-0) in 2011 during the Cornhuskers final Big 12 game against the Red Raiders. Missouri (23-19, 7-11 Big 12), who will leave the league and enter the Southeastern Conference in 2012-13, was held without a run during the final 12 innings of its final Big 12 three-game series against Tech.
Shellhorn (5-2) matched career-highs with seven innings pitched and seven strikeouts while throwing 95 pitches on four days rest after starting Tuesday at New Mexico. He opened the game retiring the first eight batters, and then after allowing a base hit and walk in the third, retired 12 straight batters from the third to the seventh inning.
Texas Tech used a pair of RBI triples and timely hitting from several players throughout the lineup to capture its second straight home weekend series (swept Houston, April 13-15).
Junior left fielder Brennan Moore led the Red Raiders going 3-for-3 with a triple, run scored and two RBI while senior third baseman Reid Redman tallied his second straight multi-hit game going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI.
Moore's RBI triple down the right-field line and freshman second baseman Bryant Burleson's RBI groundout gave Texas Tech a 3-0 lead after four innings.
Tech did its most damage in the fifth inning, scoring four runs all with two outs. Redman started the rally with a two-out, two-run single up the middle. Then freshman shortstop Tim Proudfoot followed with an RBI triple just before an RBI single from Moore put Tech in the lead by the final margin, 7-0.
Shellhorn exited after seven innings while sophomore right-handed pitcher Trey Masek retired six consecutive batter after allowing back-to-back base hits to end the game. It marked the second time in Masek's career to pitch on back-to-back days (Feb. 26-27, 2012) as he threw 26 pitches in the contest.
Texas Tech will start its final regular season road trip - opening a five-game road swing - with a midweek game at No. 25 New Mexico State on Tuesday, May 1, with a 5:05 p.m. CT first pitch from Presley Askew Field in Las Cruces, N.M. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Arizona and will also be streamed live online at ESPN3.com.