Texas Tech Shuts Down Bears, 4-1
Feb. 17, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Behind the pitching duo of Duke von Schamann and Trey Masek, Texas Tech outlasted Missouri State, 4-1, to close out opening day at the Red Raider Classic at Rip Griffin Park. The Bears mustered just one hit against the Red Raider tandem, which combined to retire the final 10 batters of the game.
The setback squandered a standout 2012 debut for MSU junior pitcher Pierce Johnson (0-1), who struck out eight Red Raiders and allowed only two first-inning runs and five hits in all over seven innings to keep the Bears in the contest before yielding to the bullpen.
Von Schamann (1-0), who permitted just four baserunners all night, held the Bears without a hit until the fifth inning, when Joey Hawkins doubled off the left-centerfield wall. The Tech's right-hander gave up just a single unearned run and fanned six batters while walking just one Bear.
Masek came on in relief and promptly sat down all six batters he faced, including three via strikeout, to preserve the victory.
The home team wasted little time in christening their newly refurbished park, striking for two runs on three hits in the bottom of the first to take an early lead. Leadoff man Jamodrick McGruder greeted Johnson with a bunt single, and preseason All-America candidate Barrett Barnes followed with a double into the leftfield corner to set the table. Reid Redman continued the hit parade with a base hit through the right side that plated both baserunners for a 2-0 Tech advantage.
After von Schamann held the Bears at bay through the first three innings, MSU took advantage of a pair of defensive miscues by the Red Raiders to get on the board. Koby Peebles reached on an error when Barnes dropped a fly ball in center to lead off the frame, then moved into scoring position via a passed ball. Back-to-back ground-outs by Brent Seifert and Luke Voit chased Peebles home to make it a 2-1 contest.
Despite the quick start by the Red Raiders, Johnson quickly reversed course to keep Tech in check through the seventh inning. Tech was able to add a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth thanks to Tim Proudfoot's two-out triple to left-center off Jake Powers.
Masek then put the game on ice, finishing off the Bears with a 1-2-3 ninth to earn the two-inning save.
The Bears will be back in action against Tennessee Tech at Noon Saturday (Feb. 18), before closing out their stay at the Red Raider Classic with a 2 p.m., game Sunday versus Texas Tech.