Freshman right-handed pitcher Matt Withrow led Texas Tech to its second straight
shutout and to a series clinching win over La Salle with a 7-0 victory on Sunday
in front of 2,419 fans at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Texas Tech (7-5) set a new school record along the way
with its fourth shutout win at home during its first seven games in Lubbock. The
Red Raiders now have 18 consecutive scoreless innings pitched, which is the most
by the Red Raiders pitching staff in 12 years.
Withrow (2-1) guided Tech with seven shutout frames -
including at least one strikeout in each of the first six innings - while
allowing one walk and scattering six hits with a season-high eight strikeouts.
In addition, Withrow retired the leadoff batter in all seven innings he took the
Junior right fielder Devon Conley paced Tech at the
plate going 2-for-4 with three RBI and a double. Freshman designated hitter
Jarrard Poteete (1-for-3) scored two runs and tallied an RBI while junior
shortstop Jake Barrios went 1-for-3 with a double and two
La Salle starting pitcher Shawn O'Neill (0-1) lost his
season debut going four innings with five walks while allowing four runs on four
hits with a strikeout. Both teams used three pitchers in the two hour and five
Tech relievers Andre Wheeler (0.2 IP) and Corey Taylor
(1.1 IP) preserved the shutout while combining for the final two innings on the
hill for the Red Raiders.
It was scoreless until the third when Tech plated two
runs on Conley's double down the right-field line.
The Red Raiders added two runs in the fourth with an RBI
triple from third baseman Tim Proudfoot and with an RBI single from
Sophomore second baseman Bryant Burleson - who had his
11-game hit streak snapped in the game - led off the fifth inning with a walk
and later came around to score on an RBI groundout by Poteete. Burleson went
0-for-3 in the game, despite reaching base safely for the 12th consecutive
Withrow never faced more than five batters in an inning
while allowing only three base runners to reach scoring position. Withrow struck
out a pair in the third and fourth innings while finishing his third start
throwing 97 pitches.
Barrios hit a shallow fly ball to center field in the
eighth inning that got past a diving George Smith Jr. while scoring two
additional runs for Tech. Poteete singled and scored and Randolph walked and
crossed home plate on Barrios' two-run double.
Tech will be back on the road this week with a midweek
two-game series at defending national champion Arizona, March 5-6, at Hi Corbett
Field in Tucson. The Red Raiders and Wildcats will play Tuesday at 7 p.m. CT and
conclude the midweek series on Wednesday with a 2 p.m. CT first