LUBBOCK (KCBD)– Texas Tech sophomore outfielder Jamodrick McGruder went 3-for-3 with two triples and three runs scored to lead the Red Raiders in a 14-8 victory over Northern Illinois in the final game of the Brooks Wallace Memorial Classic on Sunday afternoon at Dan Law Field.
Texas Tech improves to 7-1 overall for the first time since 2005 and for the 11th time in school history while the Huskies fall to 0-6 overall and finished 0-4 in tournament action in Lubbock.
The Red Raiders' offense got started early for the second game in a row while weather conditions were difficult for both teams with wind gusts over 50 MPH, blowing out to left field.
For the second straight game, Tech plated six runs in the first inning and added five runs in the eighth inning after Northern Illinois cut Texas Tech's lead to 9-7 in the seventh inning.
McGruder, the Brooks Wallace Memorial Classic's Most Outstanding Player, led the way for Tech with two triples and reaching base in all six plate appearances (three hits, two walks, hit-by-pitch). McGruder finished the four-game classic batting .583 (7-for-12) with five runs, four extra-base hits, four walks, a 1.167 slugging percentage and a .750 on-base percentage.
Sophomore newcomer Jared McCrummen made his second outing of the season out of the Tech bullpen to pitch 3.1 innings with two strikeouts to earn his first career win. He began his outing retiring eight of the first nine batters he faced from the fourth to sixth inning.
Huskies' starting pitcher Jeremy Gonzales dropped to 0-2 on the season allowing nine runs on nine hits with six walks allowed and one strikeout in five innings pitched while throwing 119 pitches (62 strikes).
All nine starting position players for Tech scored at least one run while Bo Altobelli (3-for-5, 2 RBI), Kelby Tomlinson (2-for-5, 3 RBI) and freshman David Paiz (3-for-5, 3 RBI) all finished with multi-hit games.
McGruder led off the bottom of the first with a triple and then scored a batter later on Altobelli's sacrifice fly to center field. Tomlinson then walked and sophomore Barrett Barnes tied a career-high hit streak with an infield single (13-game hit streak) before Nick Popescu and Stephen Hagen walked and Kevin Whitehead reached base with a hit-by-pitch. Overall, eight Red Raiders reached base in the first inning while Tech posted a 6-0 lead.
Tech didn't score next until Tomlinson hit his first career home run on an 0-1 pitch to lead off the fourth inning. Tomlinson's homer over the left-field wall is the third this season for Texas Tech.
Sophomore Jamen Parten made the start for the Red Raiders, but left with a no-decision after pitching only three innings and allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits with two strikeouts and allowing one walk.
Texas Tech will continue its 18-game homestand next week hosting a midweek series against UNLV on Tuesday and Wednesday at Dan Law Field. Tuesday's first-pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. while Wednesday's afternoon tilt is slated for 1 p.m.
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