Duke Deals, Tech Notches First Big 12 Win

The Red Raiders entered Fridays game winless in Big 12 play, but that all changed as a solid performance from Duke von Schamann helped Tech to the victory.

Lubbock, Texas- Duke von Schamann pitched his first career nine-inning complete game allowing just six hits and one run helping lead the Red Raiders to their first Big 12 Conference victory of the season beating Oklahoma 6-1 on Friday.


"I'm obviously doing great," von Schamann said following the game. "It's great to get that first win in conference and obviously I had a good start and our hitters backed me up.  It's really good to get that first win, that's the most important thing."


von Schamann became the first pitcher since Chad Bettis in 2009 to throw a nine-inning complete game. Bettis' came against Texas A&M on April 11, 2009.  


It was questionable if von Schamann (3-3, 2.08 ERA) was going to be able to finish the game as he took a line drive to his thigh in the ninth inning but was not injured and continued on to close out the contest.


When asked about his injury during the game, von Schamann said it didn't really faze him with the situation he was in. 


"I had my adrenaline going so it didn't hurt as bad as it should have, it hit me right in the middle of the leg but I wasn't coming out"


As well as von Schamann pitched on Friday, the bats for Texas Tech (15-8, 1-3 Big 12 Play) were equally impressive. 


Most notably, Tech designated hitter Jamodrick McGruder finished the game going 3-for-4, which included two triples and crossed the plate twice.  Freshman second baseman Bryant Burleson also chipped in three hits and an RBI. 


In the top of the 8th inning, Oklahoma (13-10, 0-4) scored a quick run narrowing the score to 3-1 in favor of Tech, but their rally did not last long as in the bottom of the 8th the Red Raiders responded.


Tech capitalized on three-straight doubles, which brought three runs across to get back to a much more comfortable lead, 6-1, which would be the final score.


Tech head coach Dan Spencer said getting this first conference win at home was very important.


 "I think that it was a big win for the psyche," he said, "you have to get that first conference win somewhere".  


Tech returns to Rip Griffin Park on Saturday for a 5pm start against the Sooners looking to extend its winning streak.

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