Tech Baseball Sweeps Red Raider Classic, 4-0 on Season - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/21/10

Tech Baseball Sweeps Red Raider Classic, 4-0 on Season

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Sophomore right-hander Louis Head didn't allow an earned run over five innings of work while Michael Reed added five hits and Scott LeJeune drove in five runs to lead Texas Tech to a crushing 18-5 win over Michigan in the fifth game of the 2010 Red Raider Classic at Dan Law Field.

 The win moved Tech's season record to 3-0 while Michigan dropped to 2-2.

The game was a complete 180 from last night's tightly contested tilt that ended with Taylor Ashby's two-RBI triple that broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth.  Today, the Red Raiders crushed the Michigan pitching staff to a tune of 18 runs on 19 hits while Kevin Whitehead, Reed and LeJeune all picked up their first home runs of the year.

After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first on what was Tech's first defensive miscue of the year, Tech came back firing with three runs in the bottom half of the inning.  Freshman right fielder Barrett Barnes drove in the first run with an RBI double, and LeJeune's RBI groundout in the next at-bat gave Tech a lead (2-1) that they would not relinquish.

Head (1-0) earned the win for the Red Raiders after holding the Wolverines to just one unearned run and two hits over the span of five innings.  Justin Cooper finished the game and held Michigan to just one earned run on five hits to register his first save.

Texas Tech got offensive production up and down its entire lineup and another save from closer Jay Johnson as the Red Raiders dropped Jacksonville State 11-8 in the final game of the 2010 Red Raider Classic.

With the win, Texas Tech improves to 4-0 on the season and sweeps the Red Raider Classic with a pair of wins over both Jacksonville State and Michigan.  Jacksonville State falls to 0-4.

The Red Raiders didn't let an 18-run performance against Michigan earlier in the day affect them as the offense came out firing with two runs in the bottom of the first to grab the early lead.  Senior left fielder Bonham Hough led off the first with a double to left while designated hitter Scott LeJeune and third baseman Nick Popescu followed suit with a pair of RBI doubles.

Texas Tech blew the game wide open in the third with a seven-run outburst thanks to five hits and two walks.  Freshman catcher Bo Altobelli picked up his first hit of the year when he dropped a two-RBI double into left field.  Hough, Popescu, Stephen Hagen and Barrett Barnes all added RBIs in the inning.

Jacksonville State made a late comeback as the Gamecocks scored three runs in the seventh, one in the eighth and two in the ninth.  Tech closer Jay Johnson allowed his first runs of the season in the ninth when he gave up a two-run home run to pinch hitter Andrew Edge.  However, Johnson didn't crumble as he retired the next two batters to pick up his second save of the weekend.

Freshman right-hander Brandon Petite (1-0) earned the win in relief for Tech as he went 2 1/3 innings allowing three runs on two hits.  Kevin Elwell (0-1) took the loss for Jacksonville State after giving up three runs on four hits in two innings of work.

Texas Tech returns to action on Tuesday afternoon when the Red Raiders host the New Mexico Lobos at Dan Law Field.  First pitch is set for 3 p.m. 

Courtesy: Texas Tech Athletics

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