Red Raiders Win First Big 12 Series of Season

Texas Tech was able to come out on Sunday and close the book on their first Big 12 series win of the 2012 campaign.

After Friday's 9-0 loss to Missouri, the team got together and the message was simple from Texas Tech head coach Dan Spencer – need to play with pride.

The Red Raiders took that message to heart and turned around the weekend, the series and possibly even the season at this point with a Big 12 Conference series win, beating Missouri 7-0 in the series finale.

"It's huge, I don't know if you can turn the season around in a day, but you sure feel better about yourself and the kids feel better about themselves," Spencer said. "They really responded to a poor performance on Friday night, I thought they really played with some passion."

The series win marked the first for the Red Raiders since taking two of three from Oklahoma State at the end of last season in Lubbock.

Tech (25-22, 5-13 in Big 12 play) desperately needed a series win and turned the ball over to Rusty Shellhorn, who had primarily been a mid-week series starter this season, and he impressed.

Shellhorn (5-2) shut down the Tigers bats, who had put up 12 runs in the past two games, holding them to just two hits during his outing.

The redshirt junior, who was working on four days rest, matched a career-high in innings pitched, going seven innings, and strikeouts, setting down seven Tigers in the game.

 "Felt pretty good, didn't throw to many pitches on Tuesday," Shellhorn said. "I just came out, did my stuff over the week and I was ready to go. Felt good."

With Shellhorn dealing, the Red Raiders offense came through, in a big way – seven runs on 10 hits.

In Tech's previous three Big 12 series finales, the Red Raiders had scored seven runs combined.

For Missouri (23-19, 7-11) entering Saturday's game, the Tigers had a four-game winning streak and looked like they would finish off the Red Raiders, but then came up flat in the final two games.

"Not only that, but from Friday night," Missouri Head Coach Tim Jamieson said about momentum from the previous week. "You got a chance, one more game to win the series. We're starting to make a move in the conference and overall record and things like that, and to come out and give less than our best is always disappointing."

The Red Raiders were able to get after the Tigers starting staff, running Saturday and Sunday's starters from the game before they could even register five innings pitched.

Tech started chipping away at Sunday's Brett Graves (3-5) and finally broke through in the middle innings.

The most damage for the Red Raiders came in the fifth inning, when Tech was able to plate four runs on five hits, including Reid Redman's two-run single and an RBI triple from Tim Proudfoot.

Redman, who finished the game going 2-for-3 with two RBIs, said it was nice to finally be able to put everything together to get that elusive first Big 12 series win.

 "Well it took us long enough," he said. "But it was good, I think we needed some momentum going into the next couple of weeks and it was really big for us to win this. Hopefully this momentum will carry into next week at A&M."

 Now the Red Raiders will try and carry this two-game winning streak and extend it on Tuesday as they travel to New Mexico State to conclude a two-game season series with the Aggies.

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