Texas Tech Baseball Sweeps Brooks Wallace Classic to Start the Season
New Texas Tech Baseball head coach Tim Tadlock (pictured) started his Red Raider career in the best way possible. The Red Raiders won all of their games in the Brooks Wallace Classic, by going (4-0). The Red Raiders set a school record by allowing just two runs during their opening four games of the season. The previous record was five runs in 1972.
Friday night, for Opening Day, Texas Tech beat Northern Illinois 8-0. Tim Proudfoot drove in 2 runs and went 1 for 2 with a walk in the win. Dominic Moreno pitched 6 innings, struck out 11, gave up 5 hits and 3 walks in the Red Raiders win. Nathan Bauder picked up the save by pitching the last 3 innings out of the bullpen.
On Saturday, Texas Tech beat Northern Colorado 10-1 and BYU 5-1.
In the win against Northern Colorado, Corey Taylor pitched 6 innings for Texas Tech and picked up the win. Taylor gave up 5 hits, 1 walk, 1 run and struck out 4. Right fielder Devon Conley scored 3 runs and drove in 4 in the victory. Three of Conley's RBI came on an inside-the-park homer to center in the first inning.
In the Saturday nightcap against BYU, Texas Tech held on to their first inning lead for the duration. Bryant Burleson (pictured, left) and Brett Bell scored on a double by DH Elliot Richoux. Trey Masek pitched six strong innings for the Red Raiders and he became the third consecutive starting pitcher of the weekend to win his start. Johnathon Tripp pitched the final three innings and gave up BYU's only run of the game. Tripp also earned the save. Burleson also added RBI singles in the third and seventh innings.
Finally, on Sunday, Texas Tech beat Northern Illinois 13-0 to complete a sweep of the Brooks Wallace Memorial Classic. Tech starting pitcher Matt Withrow allowed only three baserunners in six innings of work (1 hit, 1 walk, 1 HBP). Withrow also struck out three in the victory.
Tim Proudfoot homered to left to lead off the third inning. That catapulted the Red Raiders to a 5-run inning. Then in the fifth, Tech scored 7 runs. DH Elliot Richoux and C Jarrard Poteete both had 2 RBI singles in the inning.
Next weekend, Texas Tech travels to Florida for a 5-game road trip. Three of the games are in Orlando at the University of Central Florida's Wawa Weekend Classic and the final two are against Florida International.