Red Raiders Clinch Series Against Cougars

Texas Tech defeated Houston 7-1 on Saturday thanks to some quality innings from Duke von Schamann and the play of the defense behind him.

Duke von Schamann arguably did not have his best stuff on Saturday in his start against the Cougars, but with the help of the defense behind him Houston did not score a run during his seven innings of work.

"My infielders were doing great, you know getting me those double plays," von Schamann said. "They got a few ground ball singles in there, but that's fine with me as long as they don't score any runs."

Thanks to a handful of double plays and crucial outs in the game, which left 11 Houston runners stranded on the base pads, the Red Raiders were able to cruise to a 7-1 win and first three-game series win of the 2012 campaign.

"Well that's good, especially to get it on a Saturday," Tech head coach Dan Spencer said. "I thought that Houston got a lot of hits, there were a lot of pressure pitches there from Duke (von Schamann) and then even Shane (Broyles) there in the last two innings. We did a good job defensively, we did a good job getting off the field with double play balls, Duke pitched very, very well with men on base and especially with men in scoring position."

von Schamann got into some jams, including a bases loaded jam, but was able to work out of those partially thanks to his pitching, but mainly due to the defense behind him.

Tech turned three double plays in the game, marking the most in a game since the Red Raiders turned three against Alabama A&M on March 5.

Texas Tech (21-15) was able to carry over some of its offense from the first game where the Red Raiders were able to trot 15 runners across the plate on 13 hits, and go for more in game two.

After grabbing the early lead in the first inning, the Red Raiders were able to take advantage of some mistakes by Jordan Mannisto (1-2) and got two runners on with back-to-back singles before Tech centerfielder Barrett Barnes stepped up to the plate.

Before Barnes got to see a single pitch from Mannisto, a pitching change was made, which didn't help the outcome for the Cougars.

Barnes, who finished the game 2-for-4 with three RBIs, unloaded on a pitch for his fourth triple of the season to bring in Jamodrick McGruder and Tim Proudfoot to make it 3-0 Tech in the bottom of the 5th inning. Before the inning was over Barnes scored as well making it 4-0.

Tech would rely on von Schamann (5-3) for just two more innings before turning it over to the bullpen and Shane Broyles.

Broyles came in and allowed just one run in two innings of work to slam the door on the game and seal the 7-1 win for the Red Raiders and also mark the first three-game series win of the season.

With that in mind, Barnes said the team is happy with the series win, but they need to come out on Sunday and complete the sweep.

"It's about time," he said. "It's been a struggling year once we got into conference and stuff like that, that's a big series, it's not over. We need to come out tomorrow and really get that (win) because we got to start tacking them on, start coming to the end of the season need to get as many wins as we can.

"Come out hard tomorrow, play another good game of baseball and hopefully get a victory."

The Red Raiders will conclude the series with the Cougars on Sunday with first pitch set for 1 p.m. at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.

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