Tech baseball evens series with Missouri

The new Masked Rider at this weekend's games
The new Masked Rider at this weekend's games

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - From the Texas Tech Athletics Department:

Texas Tech's pitching staff, led by right-handed starter Duke von Schamann, allowed only four base hits without allowing an earned run to help guide the Red Raiders to a 4-3 victory over Missouri on Saturday in front of 3,224 fans at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.

The win evens the series while the Red Raiders (24-22, 4-13 Big 12) claimed their 20th home win of the season. It marks the third straight year Tech has won 20 home games under head coach Dan Spencer – a first for Tech since 2004-06. Missouri (23-18, 7-10 Big 12) had its four-game conference win streak snapped in the loss.

The Red Raiders were led offensively by four players with multi-hit games, including Jamodrick McGruder (2-for-4) who tallied what ended up being the game-winning RBI in the second inning on a single to left field – his second hit in as many innings.

Starting pitcher Duke von Schamann (6-3) earned the win for the Red Raiders going 5.2 innings allowing three runs (all unearned) on just two base hits with three strikeouts and four walks. Three Tech relievers, Shane Broyles (1.2 IP), Daniel Coulombe (0.0 IP) and Jerad McCrummen (0.2 IP) held Tech's one-run lead before handing the ball off to sophomore Trey Masek in the ninth.

Masek, scheduled as Tech's Sunday starter, allowed a lead-off single in the ninth, but then retired three consecutive batters with a strikeout looking, fly out to right fielder Jordan Lopez and a groundout to McGruder at second base to earn his second save of the season.

Missouri starting pitcher Blake Holovach (5-3) took the loss allowing four runs on five hits in 1.2 innings with one walk.

Tech took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on center fielder Barrett Barnes' (2-for-4) RBI single to left field, which scored McGruder, who led off the bottom of the first with a single up the middle.

The Red Raiders increased their lead to four runs (4-0) with a three-run second inning, which included RBI singles from Stephen Hagen (2-for-4) and McGruder while scoring another run on a fielder's choice by left fielder Brennan Moore.

Texas Tech senior Reid Redman also finished with multiple hits going 2-for-4 with a pair of singles.

Tigers reliever Jeff Emens finished the game for Missouri while entering the game in the eighth and going 6.1 scoreless innings allowing five hits with four strikeouts and throwing 88 pitches.

All three of Missouri's runs were unearned while a two-run homer in the fourth by left fielder Dane Opel cut Tech's lead to 4-2 and a fielding error in the sixth inning with the bases loaded and two outs brought in Missouri's only other run, which was the final run scored in the game.

Texas Tech will start junior left-handed pitcher Rusty Shellhorn on Sunday, April 29 in the series finale with first pitch set for 1 p.m. at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.