Masek Guides Texas Tech to Series-Opening Win Over No. 19 OSU|
May 3, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Junior right-handed pitcher Trey Masek led Texas Tech to a 5-2 victory over No. 19 Oklahoma State with his second nine-inning complete game of the season on Friday evening at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
The Red Raiders (22-24, 7-12 Big 12) have now won three straight games over ranked opponents for the first time since 2002 while defeating its first top-20 ranked opponent in a Big 12 series opener since 2011. Oklahoma State drops to 32-12 overall and to 7-8 in Big 12 play.
Masek (4-1) was the story for the Red Raiders who pitched nine innings allowing just two runs on four hits with seven strikeouts and two walks. It marked Masek's third nine-inning performance of the season and fifth start pitching at least eight innings this year.
Masek allowed just one base hit following the second inning while striking out at least one batter in six of nine innings pitched. In addition, Masek struck out a pair of batters in a three-up, three-down ninth inning.
OSU starting pitcher Jason Hursh (4-4) took the loss allowing five runs (2 ER) on seven hits with three strikeouts and four walks in six innings of work.
Texas Tech took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI single from first baseman Eric Gutierrez, who ended up coming all the way around to score on the play following a fielding error by the center fielder and a throwing error by catcher Victor Romero while Gutierrez was caught between third and home plate.
OSU immediately tied the game with three base hits in the second inning and with a two-out, two-run single with the bases loaded by Rick Stover.
The bottom of the second inning saw Tech take a 4-2 lead with an RBI infield single from shortstop Tim Proudfoot and another run scored on Hursh's throwing error to home plate. Proudfoot finished the game with seven assists, which equaled his most in a home game this season.
Masek held the Cowboys scoreless the remainder of the game while retiring 19-of-22 batters from the third to the ninth inning, including retiring the final 11 batters of the game.
Tech added a fifth run in the seventh inning on junior third baseman Jake Barrios' team-leading 36th RBI of the season, which scored left fielder Brett Bell after he reached base on a walk and stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error by OSU first baseman Tanner Krietemeier.
Junior outfielder Devon Conley led the Red Raiders going 2-for-4 with a run scored while Bell (1-for-2), Gutierrez (1-for-4), second baseman Bryant Burleson (1-for-3), catcher Mason Randolph (1-for-3) and Proudfoot (1-for-3) all recorded base hits.
Texas Tech and OSU will play game two of the series on Saturday, May 4 with a 6:36 p.m. first pitch from Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park. The game will have a national audience with a FOX College Sports broadcast with Daron Sutton (play-by-play) and Preston Wilson (analyst) calling the action.