Texas Tech Tops Alumni, 12-2

Jamodrick McGruder went 2-for-5 with three RBI

Jamodrick McGruder went 2-for-5 with three RBI

Feb. 12, 2011

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LUBBOCK, Texas - Kelby Tomlinson homered and Jamodrick McGruder went 2-for-5 with three RBI to lead Texas Tech to a 12-2 victory in the second annual baseball alumni game at Dan Law Field on Saturday afternoon.

The Red Raiders scored a pair of runs in the second and had big innings in the fourth and sixth innings - scoring four in each frame - to win its second alumni game in as many years. Texas Tech defeated its alums 21-1 in last season's inaugural game.

Left-handed starter Robbie Kilcrease picked up the win tossing two-scoreless predetermined innings to start the game. Red Raider pitchers' combined didn't allow a walk after the first batter of the game.

Sophomore Jamen Parten (2.2 IP, 3 K), junior John Neely (1.2 IP, 2 K), junior Zach Fowler (1 IP), sophomore Aaron Corwin (0.2 IP) and freshman Trey Masek (1 IP) all saw action on the mound for the 2011 Red Raiders.

The alumni had plenty of talent on the field as well, welcoming back former Tech greats - and many who are preparing to report to spring training over the next several weeks.

Chad Bettis (2008-2010) started for the alums and pitched two frames while former teammate Bobby Doran (2010) pitched the third inning.

Tech jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning with back-to-back doubles by left fielder Scott LeJeune and designated hitter Nick Popescu before freshman David Paiz reached first base on a bunt single. Popescu drove in LeJeune while Paiz eventually scored on a throwing error.

Sophomore center fielder Barrett Barnes scored shortstop Kelby Tomlinson on a sacrifice fly in the third inning before Tomlinson's home run over the left-field wall in the fourth inning gave Tech a 7-0 lead. The Red Raiders also scored in the fourth on an RBI single by McGruder to right-center field.

LeJeune drove in two runs with a single in the sixth and Tech also scored on McGruder's second hit of the game.

The Red Raiders benefited from six errors by the alumni which led to nine unearned runs.

The TTU alumni were paced by Willie Rueda (1-for-4, 2B), Chris Richburg (2-for-4, 2B) and Jeremy Mayo (1-for-4, RBI).

Texas Tech will take the field for Opening Day on Friday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. against Western Michigan at Dan Law Field. Tech is hosting Utah Valley, Northwestern and Western Michigan for the Red Raider Classic (Feb. 18-20) on the opening weekend of the season.




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