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Texas Tech junior Shane Broyles struck out six in his first career start and junior center fielder Barrett Barnes hit a three-run homer and went 2-for-5 with three RBI to lead the Red Raiders to a 9-5 victory over Tennessee Tech Saturday at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Texas Tech (2-0) remains the only unbeaten team at the Red Raider Classic where Tennessee Tech (1-2) dropped both games it played today (lost to Missouri State, 10-8).
Broyles (1-0) never threw three balls to a single batter while going 7.1 innings with five runs allowed (four earned) on six hits with six strikeouts without allowing a walk. He threw just 78 pitches (58 strikes) in his first game as a Red Raider.
Tennessee Tech starting pitcher Matthew Shepherd (0-1) took the loss going four innings and allowing seven runs on 11 hits with four strikeouts and three walks.
The Red Raider hitters accounted for 14 base hits and had five players finish with multi-hit games.
First baseman Scott LeJeune (3-for-4, double, RBI), catcher Bo Altobelli (2-for-4), left fielder Brennan Moore (2-for-4, double, RBI) and shortstop Tim Proudfoot (2-for-4, 2 RBI) all joined Barnes with multi-hit games.
Texas Tech plated three runs in the first on LeJeune's RBI single, Kevin Whitehead's RBI groundout and Moore's infield single. Tennessee Tech came within a run in the fourth on first baseman Zach Stephens' two-run homer to left field, cutting the Red Raiders' lead to 3-2.
The big inning for Texas Tech came in the fourth when right fielder David Paiz doubled and scored a batter later when Proudfoot laid down a bunt base hit. Leadoff hitter Jamodrick McGruder walked on a full count and then came around to score on Barnes' three-run homer down the left-field line, his 25th career home run as a Red Raider.
One of the more rare highlights of the game came in the sixth inning when McGruder led off the inning with a full-count walk and then stole second base and third base and then stole home to give Tech an 8-2 advantage.
After Broyles exited in the eighth inning, after three of four Golden Eagles batters reached via base hit, and an additional batter reached on a walk from Texas Tech reliever Ben Flora, junior right-handed pitcher Jerad McCrummen recorded an out on a fielder's choice and then struck out three-hole batter Chad Hayes to end the inning. The Golden Eagles scored three runs in the frame.
McCrummen pitched a three-up, three-down ninth inning to finish the game with two strikeouts in 1.2 innings pitched.
Texas Tech will finish play at the Red Raider Classic on Sunday while playing both Tennessee Tech (10 a.m.) and Missouri State (2 p.m.) at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.