Provided by Texas Tech Athletics
On the same day Texas Tech received its first top-25 national ranking in seven years, the No. 24 Red Raiders defeated Northern Illinois 3-2 on a walk-off triple by freshman Tim Proudfoot in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday night at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Texas Tech (8-1) finished the Brooks Wallace Memorial Classic undefeated with three wins over Northern Illinois (0-7) and two wins over then-No. 18 St. John's. Monday also marked the completion of the Red Raiders season-opening nine-game homestand.
Four Red Raider pitchers combined on a no-hitter through eight innings before the Huskies not only broke up the no-hit bid with a double to lead off the ninth inning, but five batters into the inning they had tied the game 2-2 after a two-out double off Texas Tech closer John Neely.
Tech didn't let the game go into extra-innings as left fielder Brennan Moore recorded a one-out single to left field in the bottom of the ninth and then scored on Proudfoot's game-winning, walk-off triple to right field.
Proudfoot (2-for-4, RBI) and Moore (2-for-4, run) were among Tech's leading hitters in the game while freshman Matt Eureste also finished with his first career multi-hit game going 2-for-4.
Neely (1-1) earned the win while allowing two runs on three hits in the ninth inning. Northern Illinois reliever Kyle Glancy (0-2) took the loss while pitching 0.2 innings giving up one run on two hits with one strikeout.
Making his first start of the season for the Red Raiders was sophomore David Paiz who took the no-decision after pitching five no-hit innings while striking out four and walking one batter. Tech relievers Jerad McCrummen (1.0 IP, 1 SO), Andre Wheeler (1.2 IP, 2 SO) and Trey Masek (0.1 IP, 1 BB) combined on the no-hitter through eight innings.
The Red Raiders will now hit the road while playing their next seven games away from home, starting Friday, March 2 at the Houston College Classic where they will face No. 4 Arkansas at Minute Maid Park, the home of the Houston Astros. Tech will also face No. 5 Rice (Saturday, 7 p.m.) and Houston (Sunday, 2:30 p.m.) on the weekend.