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Texas Tech (10-5, 0-0) vs. Alabama A&M (5-12, 0-0)
Official Site Notes: Here
Location: Rip Griffin Park | Lubbock, TX
Radio: Affiliates
Date Start Time Texas Tech
Starting Pitcher
Alabama A&M
Starting Pitcher
Result
3.13.12 6:00 pm Rusty Shellhorn (LHP)
(2-1, 4.15)
Champ Adams (RHP)
(1-1, 7.71)
W, 21-1
3.14.12 1:00 pm David Paiz (RHP)
(0-0, 1.12)
Sanchez Tucker (LHP)
(0-0, 7.30)
W, 25-5
Outfield:
LF - Brennan Moore | CF - Barrett Barnes | RF - Jamodrick McGruder
Infield:
SS - Tim Proudfoot | 2ND - Bryant Burleson
3RD - Reid Redman | 1ST - Scott LeJeune
C - Bo Altobelli
DH - Kevin Whitehead

*Click on the score for boxscore.

NO TIME FOR A PREVIEW! | Sorry to everyone for not having a preview, but this is the best I could do on short notice as I forgot that the baseball team played this evening. I'd also add that conference play for Texas Tech starts this Friday against Baylor. Huzzah!


Game 1 | Alabama A&M 1, Texas Tech 21 (official site)

Welp. 19 hits, 21 runs and no errors by either team. That's not something that you see very often. I don't know who to highlight offensively, but three players had three-hit games: 3B Reid Redman (3-4, 2 RBI), 2B Bryant Burleson (3-6, 5 RBI) and LF David Paiz (3-4, 2 RBI). Starter Rusty Shellhorn gets the win and moves to 3-1 on the season (3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO) and the bullpen didn't give up a hit or a walk the rest of the way and included work from Jamen Parten, Brennan Stewart and Andre Wheeler. LAJ's George Watson recaps the game:

Barrett Barnes, Bryant Burleson and Kevin Whitehead each had bases-clearing extra-base hits, and Texas Tech pounded out season highs in runs and hits (19) in a 21-1 rout of Alabama A&M at Rip Griffin Park, just one day after scoring five runs total in two losses at TCU.

“It’s good,” said Burleson, who led the Tech barrage with three hits and five RBIs. “TCU’s a good club and we ran a bunch of good at-bats and nothing fell for us. To come out here and get 19 hits today, it took a lot of weight off our shoulders. It felt like the hits just kept coming.”


Game 2 | Alabama A&M 5, Texas Tech 25 (official site)

I don't think that I would have predicted two twenty run wins at any point during the season, but here we are. It was a bit interesting in that closer John Neely got the start, but it was just for one inning, probably just needing to get him some work. David Paiz was excellent (4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO) and the back end of the bullpen was a bit shaky, but I'm not going to complain about giving up 6 runs over a two game series when the offense scored 46. Freshman SS Tim Proudfoot hit his first home run and it just happened to be a grand slam (4-6, 6 RBI) while the normal catcher, Bo Altobelli (3-3, 4 RBI) was at DH for the game and the backup catcher, Mason Randolph (4-6, 6 RBI) was fantastic. LAJ's George Watson has the recap:

For the second straight game, Tech set a season record for runs (25) and hits (21) in a game, this time blasting the Bulldogs 25-5 at Rip Griffin Park in its final tuneup before Big 12 Conference play starts Friday at Baylor.

“I think we’re in a better position than a couple of years ago because we’ve got guys who have been through it and understand the importance of taking care of your business and not letting it get away from you,” Spencer said. “We scored five in the first and that set the tone that we’d be fine. It was a good game to play and now it’s good to be done with it and move on.”