Red Completes Sweep Over Black as Pitching Dominates Finale|
Bryant Burleson hit .417 with three RBI in the Red & Black Series
Oct. 28, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech baseball annual Red & Black Series ended with a 4-1 Red victory over Black on Friday afternoon at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park. The Red team finished the series with a four-game sweep over Black.
A four-run seventh inning by Red culminated the series sweep as four singles and one defensive error led to the victory. Freshman right-handed pitcher David Gates (1-0) earned the win pitching a perfect sixth inning while junior lefty Scott Erzinger pitched a three up, three down seventh inning to notch the save. Senior third baseman Stephen Hagen led the Red team going 2-for-3 with a run scored.
In fact, the Black team pitchers combined for a no-hitter entering the top of the seventh, but back-to-back singles by freshman Bryant Burleson and Hagen started the inning. After a sacrifice bunt by Kevin Whitehead and a Zach Reding strikeout, sophomore David Paiz was hit-by-pitch to load the bases with two outs.
Junior Brennan Moore drove in a run on an infield single and Hagen also came around to score on a throwing error. The next batter, Ryan Diaz, drove in Paiz and Moore with a single through the right side to plate the Red team's third and fourth runs of the contest.
The Red team pitching staff was solid in the series finale with five pitchers combining for a one-hitter with four strikeouts without allowing a walk.
The Black team scored its only run in the fourth inning to take a 1-0 lead that lasted until the seventh inning. Senior Reid Redman broke open a perfect game at the time for the Red team pitching staff with a triple to left-center field - the Black team's only hit in the game. Redman later scored on a sacrifice fly by junior first baseman Scott LeJeune.
The annual Red & Black Series concludes the fall season for the Texas Tech baseball program. The Red Raiders will now look forward to the start of spring practices followed by Opening Day on February 17 at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
RED & BLACK SERIES SCHEDULE/RESULTS