LUBBOCK, Texas - Joey DeNato picked up right where he left off last season, blanking Texas Tech en route to his 25th career win. The San Diego southpaw needed just 66 pitches to clear six innings as an encore to his complete game shutout in the 2013 College World Series. Indiana's bullpen duo of Scott Effross and Ryan Halstead took care of the final three frames to complete the 1-0 Hoosier victory.
DeNato faced the minimum amount of batters in five of six innings worked, allowing just four base runners. Effross posted a pair goose eggs in the seventh and eighth before handing it off to closer Ryan Halstead for his school-record 23rd career save. DeNato's next win will be number 26 of his career, good for a share of second all-time at IU (Craig Williams; 1987-90).
Will Nolden provided the only run of the contest right away in the top of the first. He stroked the very first pitch he saw into deep right field, one-hopping the wall for a stand-up double. After scooting over to third base on a Kyle Schwarber grounder, Nolden advanced the final 90 feet to pay dirt on the strength of Sam Travis' sacrifice fly.
Texas Tech threatened twice but were turned away on both occasions. The first opportunity came in the second stanza with runners at the corners and no outs. DeNato escaped the jam, however, utilizing his patented pick-off move to nab the first out of the inning. He followed with a groundball and strikeout to thwart the threat. A second Red Raider ventured into scoring position in the eighth inning where he was left stranded thanks to Effross' pitching efforts.
The Cream and Crimson is back at it Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader starting at noon CT/1 pm ET. The second contest of the day is set to begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first.