Broyles Guides Red Raiders To 6-0 Shutout Over Alumni|
Broyles struck out eight batters in 4.1 perfect innings
Feb. 11, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech junior right-handed pitcher Shane Broyles tossed 4.1 perfect innings with eight strikeouts to lead the Red Raiders to a 6-0 victory over its alumni on Saturday afternoon at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
It marked the third annual Texas Tech baseball alumni game as the Red Raiders improved to 3-0 all-time with a 21-1 victory in 2010 and a 12-2 advantage last season.
Texas Tech welcomed back a group of alumni that included 11 players who had been drafted/signed free agent and four players who were named All-Americans at Tech. In fact, seven of the alums 10 starters had been selected in the Major League Baseball Draft, or signed as a free agent.
Broyles was the story as he struck out six batters during his first time through the batting order. In his perfect outing, Broyles struck out the side in the first, two in the second, one in the third and a pair in the fourth.
The Tech alums didn't have a base runner until Marco Cunningham singled up the middle with one out in the seventh. That was the alumni team's only base hit in the game.
Meanwhile, the Red Raiders didn't waste time reaching the scoreboard as both of its first two batters scored while third baseman Reid Redman tripled to score a run and later scored on a wild pitch to give Tech a 2-0 lead after one inning.
Tech plated its first two runs off former Red Raider and current Miami Marlins minor leaguer A.J. Ramos. A Lubbock native - and four-year letterwinner at Tech - Ramos is set to join the Marlins for his first big-league spring training later next week. He was a Florida State League (Advanced Single-A) All-Star last year.
Freshman shortstop Tim Proudfoot drove in two runs, including Tech's third of the game in the second inning. Proudfoot ended the game going 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI.
Tech scored a run in the sixth - on a throwing error - and tallied its final run in the eighth inning on freshman Matt Eureste's RBI groundout to second base.
Tech used four pitchers in the contest while left-handed junior Rusty Shellhorn (2.2 IP), sophomore left-handed pitcher Andre Wheeler (1 IP) and senior All-American right-handed pitcher John Neely (1 IP) all pitched in relief of Broyles.
The alumni finished the game with just three players reaching base.
The Red Raiders will open their 2012 season on Friday, Feb. 17 hosting Missouri State for a 4 p.m. first pitch in the Red Raider Classic at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.