Diamond Breakdown: Red Raiders 3, Huskies 2

Texas Tech needed some late-inning magic to pull off its fifth win in a row and here are some notes from the big win.

* No. 24 Texas Tech defeated Northern Illinois 3-2 on Monday night at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park

 

* Game Attendance: 2,311

 

Winning in Walk-off Fashion

 

* Tech won the game on a walk-off triple by freshman shortstop Tim Proudfoot as Brennan Moore, who singled, was able to come around and beat the throw of the right fielder and score the winning run

 

* It is the first walk-off for the Red Raiders since Barrett Barnes did it against Kansas on April 10, 2011

 

Winning!!

 

* Tech improves to 8-1 on the season marking the 11th season that the Red Raiders have started 8-1 or better. (2012, 2011, 2005, 2003, 1997, 1996, 1993, 1991, 1990, 1986, 1981)

 

* The Red Raiders went 5-0 in the Brooks Wallace Memorial Classic, which is the first time in the history of the classic that Tech has won all of the games

 

* In the five wins, two came against No. 18 St. John's and the other three came against winless Northern Illinois.

 

Stellar Pitching

 

* The Tech pitching staff had a no-no going into the ninth inning until Jamison Wells broke it up with a leadoff double to left field. If the no-hitter had stood, it would have been the first no-no for the Red Raiders since 1990 when Tech did it against College of the Southwest.

 

* David Paiz got his first start since getting the ball against Oklahoma State on May 20, in which he went 4.0 IP, giving up 9 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 5 K.

 

* This start was much better as Paiz went 5.0 IP giving up 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, but did not get the win

 

Rough Outing for Neely

 

* John Neely came into the game with a 2-0 lead and a no-hitter in tact and after the final out of the ninth was recorded he had lost the no-no, the shutout and the lead, as it was 2-2 heading to the bottom of the ninth

 

* Neely is now 1-1 on the season with a 5.06 ERA in 5.1 innings of work. He has allowed seven hits, four runs of which three were earned in his four appearances in 2012

 

* This game marked only the second game this season the Red Raiders had to bat in the home half of the ninth inning

 

Proudfoot Filling in Nicely

 

* Proudfoot recorded his third triple of the season, eighth RBI, and first shaving cream pie to the face with his first career walk-off hit

 

* On the season the freshman is batting .367, a slugging percentage of .567% and has an on-baser percentage of .457%

 

Red Raiders in the Rankings

 

* Earlier on Monday it was announced that Tech was the No. 24 team in the most recent College Baseball Newspaper Poll. It is the first time since March 28, 2005 that the Red Raiders have been ranked in a major poll and first time since March 7, 2005 that Tech has been ranked in the College Baseball Newspaper Poll.

 

Road-Bound Red Raiders

 

* The Red Raiders are back in action on Friday as they travel to Houston to take part in the Houston College Classic in Minute Maid Park in downtown Houston. Tech will face Arkansas on Friday, Rice on Saturday and Houston on Sunday.

First pitch for the Arkansas game is set for 12 p.m.

 

 

FINAL BOX

 

Team                          1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9                       R  H  E

 

Northern Illinois     0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  2                       2  3  0

Texas Tech               0  0  1  0  0  0  0  1  1                       3  9  2

 

WP: Neely (1-1)

LP: Glancy (0-2)

SV: None

 

 

 


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