Texas Tech baseball opens new stadium with opening day win over Bears

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LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech baseball team was not only hosting Opening Day on Friday, it was opening its new stadium and they did both in style with a 4-1 victory over No. 31 Missouri State on Friday at the newly renovated Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park during day one of the Red Raider Classic.

A pair of Texas Tech pitchers combined on a one-hitter, led by sophomore right hander Duke von Schamann (1-0) who went seven innings allowing one hit and a run (unearned) with a career-high six strikeouts and one walk. Sophomore right-handed reliever Trey Masek earned the save pitching a perfect two innings with three strikeouts to close the game.

The one-hitter is the first for the Red Raiders pitching staff in over 11 years.

Holding a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth, Tech freshman shortstop Tim Proudfoot tripled to left center to give the Red Raiders a three-run cushion. Proudfoot completed his first career game going 1-for-3 and added four assists from the shortstop position.

Missouri State starting right-handed pitcher Pierce Johnson (0-1) took the loss while going seven innings and giving up two runs on five hits with eight strikeouts and walking five Tech batters.

Tech started its half of the first inning with three consecutive base hits as Jamodrick McGruder laid down a bunt base hit, Barrett Barnes doubled to left field and then senior Reid Redman drove in both players with a single through the right side to give Tech a 2-0 lead.

The Red Raiders never trailed as Missouri State scored its only run of the game – unearned – in the fourth inning.

Junior left fielder Brennan Moore (1-for-3) and sophomore right fielder David Paiz (1-for-2, double) also had base hits for Texas Tech.

Red Raider fourth-year head coach Dan Spencer won his fourth consecutive Opening Day game, making him just the second Tech head coach to win four straight to begin a career at Texas Tech. Spencer joins Kal Segrist who won a school-record five straight Opening Day games from 1968-1972.

Texas Tech will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Red Raider Classic hosting Tennessee Tech for a 4 p.m. first pitch at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.