The Red Raiders used some big hits and clutch pitching again to power their way past Tennessee Tech 9-5 on Saturday at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Junior Shane Broyles got the nod for his first start of the season and for the second straight day the Tech bullpen got some nice rest with another solid start.
Broyles (1-0) finished the game going seven and one-third
innings giving up five runs on six hits and striking out six. It marks the
second straight game a Red Raider starting pitcher has gone at least seven
innings, and it is the first time since 1999 that this has happened to kick off
After Broyles came out in the first inning and set down the Golden Eagles 1,2,3 it was the Red Raiders (2-0) turn to come to the plate.
Like the first game of the season, Tech jumped all over the opposing pitcher and this time the victim was Matthew Shepherd (0-1).
After getting Jamodrick McGruder on base, he was thrown out trying to steal second base putting a damper on the inning, but not an end.
Following Barrett Barnes and Reid Redman getting onto the base pads, Scott LeJeune drove in his first RBI of the season as Barnes trotted home on a one-out RBI single making it 1-0 Tech.
The scoring didn't stop there as Tech catcher Bo Atobeli drew a walk to load the bases for the Red Raiders giving them a chance to really blow the game wide open.
With the bases juiced designated hitter Kevin Whitehead grounded out to first, which allowed Redman to score from third making it 2-0.
Tech would tack on one more run as LeJeune came in on a Brennan Moore infield single to make it 3-0 in favor of the Red Raiders.
Broyles was dealing until the fourth inning when Zach Stephens took one of his pitches in the other direction and it's landing spot was off the scoreboard for a two-run blast cutting into the Red Raider lead.
After getting one of those two runs back in the bottom of the fourth on a bunt single by Tim Proudfoot scoring David Paiz, who doubled earlier in the inning and moved to third on a baulk, extending Tech's lead to 4-2.
With two men on, Barnes came to the plate and showed off his power sending a ball over the left field fence for the Red Raiders first long ball of the season and his first since May 21st against Oklahoma State.
Up 7-2, Tech would tack on two more runs in the sixth and seventh inning with on of them thanks to an impressive performance on the base pads by McGruder in the sixth.
After getting on first McGruder proceeded to steal second, third and then to top it all of home to score the eighth run of the game for the Red Raiders.
Tech extended its lead to 9-2 virtually putting the Golden Eagles out of sight.
Despite being down 9-2, the Golden Eagles started to climb their way back into the game in the eighth inning, pulling it to 9-5 thanks to some mistakes by the Red Raiders including an error.
Even though they were able to pull within four that's as close as they would get as Jerad McCrummen came in and threw 1.2 innings of hitless ball to finish off the game for the Red Raiders and sealing the 9-5 win.
Tech is back in action on Sunday in a double-header against Tennessee Tech at 10 a.m. and Missouri State at 2 p.m. to bring an end to the Red Raider Classic.