Five-Run First Inning Gives Texas Tech 8-2 Win Over Michigan
May 10, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Texas Tech used a five-run first inning and solid pitching from three hurlers to defeat Michigan 8-2 on Tuesday night at Wilpon Complex in the first of a two-game midweek series.
The Red Raiders (29-20) have now surpassed their win total from all of last season, and with 29 victories, Tech has its most wins since 2006 (31-26). Michigan falls to 15-32 overall.
In a predetermined start, freshman Duke von Schamann improved to 4-0 on the season pitching three innings while giving up just one run on two hits with a strikeout. von Schamann and two Tech relievers combined allowed only two runs on five hits while not allowing a walk in the contest.
Michigan starter Bobby Brosnahan (1-9) took the loss giving up six runs on six hits in three innings with one strikeout and allowing three walks.
After a six-day off period, Texas Tech's bats came to life quickly scoring five runs with five base hits in the first inning.
Jamodrick McGruder led off the game with a walk and then moved quickly to third base with a single to left field by Reid Redman and with a bunt base hit from Barrett Barnes. Stephen Hagen drove in the first two runs of the game with a two-run single to left field and then advanced to second base on a bunt single by Kelby Tomlinson.
Following a strikeout, Nick Popescu plated three runs with a double into left-center field to give the Red Raiders all the runs they would need with a 5-0 advantage.
Popescu led all players going 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI. Barrett Barnes went 2-for-3 and scored two runs while reaching base in four plate appearances.
Brennan Stewart relieved von Schamann in the fourth inning and tossed four innings allowing only one unearned run on three hits and struck out two batters. Sophomore Aaron Corwin pitched two perfect innings to finish the game with one strikeout.
The Red Raiders also scored a run in the third and then two runs in the fourth inning to provide a couple of insurance runs.
The Red Raiders and Wolverines will complete their two-game midweek series on Wednesday with a 5:05 p.m. (CT) first-pitch at Wilpon Complex.