LUBBOCK (KCBD) – Texas Tech scored six runs in the first inning while cruising to a 15-3 victory over Northern Illinois on the third day of competition at the Brooks Wallace Memorial Classic Saturday afternoon at Dan Law Field.
Texas Tech (6-1) was led by seven players with multiple hits and by junior lefty Robbie Kilcrease who won his second consecutive start pitching seven innings while giving up three runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and three walks.
Northern Illinois (0-5) dropped its second contest of the day (lost 8-5 against BYU) behind three pitchers that combined allowed 18 hits and walked five batters while striking out only three.
Texas Tech was led by numerous player offensively, including Jamodrick McGruder (3-for-5, 2 runs), Bo Altobelli (2-for-3, 2 RBI), Kelby Tomlinson (2-for-4, 3 runs), Barrett Barnes (2-for-3, 2 runs), Nick Popescu (2-for-5, 4 RBI), David Paiz (3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBI) and Reid Redman (2-for-5, 2 RBI) to name a few.
The scoring started almost immediately, just after Kilcrease sat down the Huskies 1-2-3 in the first inning on five pitches, the Tech bats rattled off six hits to score six runs while 12 batters came to the plate.
Tomlinson drove in the first run with a single to right field, while Popescu drove in a run on a fielder's choice. A throwing error plated another run in the inning and Redman and Paiz followed with RBI singles.
Kilcrease had more than enough runs to work with as the junior – coming off Tommy John surgery last season – allowed only two runners to reach scoring prior to the fourth inning.
The Tech offense was just starting as they posted three runs in the third, two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings and scoring three runs in the seventh.
Two Red Raider relievers combined for three strikeouts and only one walk issuing two base hits in two innings of work. Sophomore Cory Bafidis tossed 0.1 inning and Brennan Stewart pitched the final 1.2 innings in his second appearance of the season.
Texas Tech now has seven pitchers this season that have toed the rubber that have not allowed an earned run. Overall, the Red Raiders pitching staff has tallied a 2.71 ERA in 63.0 innings with 62 strikeouts and 18 walks while allowing only 57 base hits.
The Red Raiders offense posted season-highs in at-bats (40), runs (15), hits (18), RBI (14) and doubles (4).
Texas Tech will wrap up play in the Brooks Wallace Memorial Classic on Sunday, Feb. 27, taking on Northern Illinois at noon at Dan Law Field.