Masek Stellar in 3-0 Shutout of La Salle

Junior Trey Masek goes the distance in the Red Raiders 3-0 win against La Salle.



That is one way to describe the complete game performance of junior right-handed pitcher Trey Masek during the Red Raiders 3-0 victory against La Salle (2-4) on Saturday night at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.


"Outstanding, I don't know, that was a great performance," Tech head coach Tim Tadlock said. "Two weeks in a row, he's basically commanded a couple pitches and pounded the zone. Exactly what we needed."


Masek for the second-straight game going nine innings, he produced nine innings of scoreless baseball against UConn in Tech's 1-0 loss on February 24 in Orlando, only this time he got the win at the end.


"Getting the W is the main thing," "Last week was frustrating, I was pleased with the start that I had but to lose in extras, that's never good, you don't want that for the team. But to come out today and get the win after last night is huge."


Masek commanded the strike zone all night long setting down 12 La Salle batters on strikes with six of those coming via the swing, and allowed no free passes.


In every inning, besides the first frame, Masek recorded a strikeout becoming the first pitcher since Chad Bettis, who recorded a strikeout in eight straight innings against No. 1 Texas on May 27, 2010 at the Big 12 Championships, to record a strikeout in eight consecutive innings, including the final two outs of the game.


"I think just going after guys," Masek said. "That's one thing I've been working on is just attacking hitters, not mess around, just getting ahead with strike one. From there just do whatever you want pretty much."


Masek on the season now has pitched 22 innings of scoreless baseball, striking out 27 and giving up only six walks.


Unlike in the 1-0 loss to the Huskies, Masek received some run support from the bats.


Red Raiders (6-5) struck first in the second inning when right-fielder Devon Conley reached on a fielder's choice and Mason Randolph touched home plate making it 1-0 Tech.


Randolph finished the game going 2-for-3 at the plate.


After the second inning, the Red Raiders struggled getting runners across once they reached scoring position - Tech finishing the night 3-for-12 when runners were in scoring position.


But with Masek on the mound, that kept the Explorers off the scoreboard.

With a 1-0 lead in tact heading into the bottom of the seventh the Red Raiders gave their ace some run support.


After scoring a run on an error by La Salle first baseman Joey Ravert, he committed two in the game.


Red Raiders finished their damage in the inning with an RBI single from Eric Gutierrez, finishing 1-for-2 on the night with a walk and also got hit by a pitch, driving in Brett Bell to make it a 3-0 game, which would be the final.

"It's good," Masek said about the run support. "You always want the guys to get their swing, get their stroke and to just add run support.

"It's great."


The Red Raiders now turn around quickly for the series finale against La Salle, first pitch set for 1 p.m. on Sunday at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park, and Tadlock said they just go with their normal routine and come back ready to play.

"Well you go eat dinner, you go to bed, you get some rest," he said. "Be here tomorrow, get some swings tomorrow, get ready to go."  


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