Red Raiders Down Cougars 10-4

RaiderPower.com Contributor
Posted Mar 4, 2012


Texas Tech was able to snap a two-game losing streak with a big win against Houston to put a close to the 2012 Houston College Classic.

Houston, Texas – The Red Raiders put a finishing touch on the weekend by snapping a two-game losing streak with a 10-4 win to close out the 2012 Houston College Classic.

Texas Tech (9-3) took down the Houston Cougars on Sunday at Minute Maid Park racking up 10 runs on 15 hits forcing the Cougars (6-5) to run out six pitchers on the afternoon.

Tech had been having trouble with scoring runs on Friday and Saturday as they faced off with two of the better teams in the country in No. 4 Rice and No. 7 Arkansas.

Sunday was a different story however as the Red Raiders scored eight of their runs in the fourth and sixth innings as they batted around in both frames.

Scott Lejeune got things started in the fourth hitting for Tech with a single to right. Kevin Whitehead was used as a designated hitter on the afternoon even though he came into the game 0-for-8 on the season.

But Whitehead made Dan Spencer look like a genius as he went 3-for-3 on the day including a ground-rule double that followed the Lejeune single.

After Reid Redman walked, catcher Bo Altobelli hit one of his three singles on the afternoon scoring Lejeune and Whitehead.

Freshman Bryant Burleson would double after a pitching change by the Cougars to give the Red Raiders the 4-2 lead.

Houston would tie the game up in the next inning as Red Raider starting pitcher Shane Broyles was showing the effects of having to sit for half an hour as the Tech offense batted around.

Tech did not score in the fifth, but in the sixth inning, the Red Raiders got four runs on four more hits, the biggest coming from freshman shortstop Tim Proudfoot who doubled to left field plating left fielder Brennan Moore who doubled to start the inning.

The Red Raiders would get two more runs in the inning taking advantage of two errors by the Cougars.

The lead would sit at 8-4 and the Cougars would not be able to catch up as Texas Tech added two more insurance runs to bring the final score to 10-4.

Trey Masek came on in relief of Broyles and recorded the win for the Red Raiders, while striking out six batters in four innings of shutout relief.

And in a fit of irony, every Red Raider starter had a base hit with the exception of the team's leading hitter Barrett Barnes.

Barnes did have an RBI on the afternoon however, so it was not a complete loss.

The Red Raiders now head out to Tempe, Arizona to take on Arizona State on Tuesday with first pitch set for 7:30 p.m.



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