Clutch Hitting Gives Texas Tech Sweep Over Michigan|
May 11, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Jamodrick McGruder hit a two-run homer and Reid Redman scored two with a single up the middle in the sixth inning to help guide Texas Tech to a midweek series sweep over Michigan with a 6-4 victory on Wednesday night at Wilpon Complex.
The win gives Texas Tech (30-20) its first 30-win season since 2006 while Michigan drops to 15-33 overall. The Red Raiders also claimed their third midweek series sweep on the road or at a neutral site, which sets a new school record for the most road/neutral site midweek series sweeps in a season.
Junior left-handed pitcher Robbie Kilcrease (5-3) was the winning pitcher throwing five innings while giving up only one run on three hits with one walk and one strikeout. Michigan starter Logan McAnallen (0-3) took the loss pitching 3.1 innings while allowing four runs on just two hits with four walks and two strikeouts.
With Texas Tech clinging to a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning, McGruder hit a towering homer over the right-field wall with one out to give the Red Raiders a 4-1 lead. It was McGruder's second home run this season and the ninth of his career.
Two innings later, Redman singled up the middle scoring a pair of runs as catcher Kevin Whitehead and McGruder came around to score. Whitehead led off the inning with a bunt single and McGruder reached with a single up the middle.
The Red Raiders needed all of their run support as Michigan came back late in the game scoring a run in the eighth and two runs in the ninth before Tech reliever John Neely recorded the final out with the go-ahead run at the plate. In addition, Michigan outhit Texas Tech 11-5 in the contest.
Neely pitched the final 1.2 innings and ended the game despite allowing two runs on three hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
McGruder (2-for-5) and Redman (2-for-5) combined for four of Tech's five hits in the game while Whitehead's bunt single was the only other hit for the Red Raiders.
Texas Tech's road swing continues with a trip to Columbia, Mo., taking on Missouri for a three-game series, May 13-15 at Taylor Stadium at Simmons Field.