McGruder's Slam Leads Tech in 9-4 Win Over Jayhawks
April 30, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - Jamodrick McGruder's grand slam in the sixth inning gave Texas Tech plenty of cushion while it claimed a 9-4 victory over Kansas on Saturday at Dan Law Field to take a two-game advantage in the three-game series.
The Red Raiders (27-19, 8-12 BIG 12) scored four runs in both the first and sixth innings to notch their second straight win over the Jayhawks (20-23, 9-11 BIG 12).
Starting pitcher Trey Masek (3-3) tied a career-high five strikeouts pitching in 5.2 innings allowing four runs on eight hits with one walk. Three pitchers (Aaron Corwin, Ben Flora, John Neely) came out of the Tech bullpen to combine for 3.1 scoreless innings allowing five hits with five strikeouts.
Texas Tech's bullpen has now gone 11.2 scoreless innings over the past three contests.
Kansas starting pitcher Thomas Taylor (4-3) took the loss pitching four innings and allowing five runs (3 ER) on four hits with two strikeouts and one walk.
The Red Raiders scored four runs in the first (only one earned) on two base hits, including Kelby Tomlinson's double down the right-field line that scored Hagen along with Nick Poepscu and with Tomlinson coming around to score after a throwing error by the KU first baseman on the play.
Sophomore Barrett Barnes drove in Tech's first run of the game with a sacrifice fly to center field scoring McGruder who led off the game with a hit-by-pitch.
Tomlinson tripled and scored on Kevin Whitehead's sacrifice fly in the fourth inning - following a two-run top of the fourth by the Jayhawks - to give the Red Raiders a 5-2 lead after four innings.
In the sixth inning with two outs, McGruder put the finishing touches on the Jayhawks, hitting a grand slam - his first homer of the season and the eighth of his career - over the right field wall to provide Tech a five-run lead, 9-4. In the sixth, Popescu doubled and Tomlinson laid down a bunt single - his third hit in six innings - before pinch-hitter Bo Altobelli walked to load the bases for McGruder.
McGruder's grand slam marked the second for Tech this week (Stephen Hagen - April 26, vs. New Mexico), which marked the first time for Texas Tech to have two grand slams in a week since the 2007 season.
Junior John Neely pitched the final 2.1 innings while scattering three hits and allowing one walk with three strikeouts in his team-leading 20th game finished this season.
Tomlinson (3-for-4, 3 runs), Popescu (2-for-4, 2 runs) and Reid Redman (2-for-4) finished with multi-hit games for Texas Tech.
The Red Raiders will look for the series sweep over the Jayhawks tomorrow with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. at Dan Law Field.