Red Raider Bats Stay Hot in 11-7 Win Over No. 22 Cowboys
May 21, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech had 17 base hits, including six for extra bases, and freshman Trey Masek won his fifth game of the season in an 11-7 victory over No. 22 Oklahoma State Saturday at Dan Law Field.
The Red Raiders' win secures their third consecutive trip to the Big 12 Championships in Oklahoma City, scheduled for May 25-29 at RedHawks Field.
Texas Tech (32-23, 11-15 BIG 12) capitalized in three big innings while scoring three in the first, four in the fourth and three in the fifth inning while Oklahoma State (34-20, 14-11 BIG 12) had 15 hits and belted four home runs but left five runners stranded in scoring position.
Red Raiders sophomore Barrett Barnes impacted the game early as he hit his 10th home run of the season (24th career) in the first inning - a two-run shot to left - and then received three intentional walks his following three plate appearances.
Three run-scoring base hits followed in the fourth during Tech's four-run inning and Barnes' intentional walk also sparked a three-run fifth inning which had three consecutive singles following the free pass to Barnes.
Tech's 11-3 lead after the fifth was all it needed as Masek (5-3) went 5.1 innings allowing four runs on eight hits for his fifth win and Brennan Stewart pitched three innings and John Neely came in to finish out the ninth pitching 0.2 innings. The bullpen duo combined allowed three runs on seven hits with a pair of strikeouts.
Masek's five wins are the most by a Texas Tech freshman since 2006 when Miles Morgan went 6-7.
Redman finished a home run shy of hitting for the cycle going 3-for-6 with two runs and Kelby Tomlinson went 3-for-5 with three runs for his third consecutive multi-hit game. Stephen Hagen went 3-for-5 with three RBI and Nick Popescu (2-for-5, 2 RBI) and Kevin Whitehead (2-for-3) chipped in with two hits each.
The Red Raiders and Cowboys will play the rubber game of the three-game series on Sunday at 1 p.m. Popescu is the lone senior for Texas Tech who will be playing his final home game at Dan Law Field and will be honored by the Texas Tech baseball program prior to first pitch.