Texas Tech Wins Pitcher's Duel Against St. John's, 4-1|
Feb. 24, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - St. John's starter Kyle Hansen allowed just one unearned run in 6.0 innings of work, but Texas Tech plated three runs in the seventh against the bullpen and defeated the Red Storm, 4-1. Sean O'Hare was 1-for-3 with an RBI to pace St. John's (1-3), while Anthony Iacomini was 1-for-3 with a triple. Hansen (0-2) took the tough-luck loss, allowing the unearned run in the first inning and racking up seven strikeouts. Barrett Barnes had a three-run home run to lead Texas Tech (4-1), while Duke von Schamann (2-0) had five strikeouts in 7.0 scoreless frames.
St. John's threatened in the top of the first as Iacomini led off the game with a triple, but could not capitalize. Iacomini stayed put on a Pat Talbut groundout to third, but went on contact on a Jeremy Baltz grounder to third and was thrown out at home.
A leadoff walk to Jamodrick McGruder helped Texas Tech take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. After advancing all the way to third on an errant pickoff throw from Hansen, McGruder scored on a Reid Redman RBI single.
Hansen loaded the bases with two outs in the second frame, but stranded the runners with an inning-ending strikeout to keep it a 1-0 game.
The starters then traded 1-2-3 innings in the third and fourth frames with von Schamann eventually retiring 13-straight batters before O'Hare singled to center with one out in the fifth. The righty struck out the next two batters, however, to end the inning.
Hansen, meanwhile settled down to retire 11-straight batters until allowing a one-out single in the bottom of the sixth.
Brendan Lobban replaced Hansen to open the seventh and Texas Tech plated three runs to take a 4-0 lead. After striking out the leadoff batter, Lobban allowed a single and issued a walk before Barnes lifted a fly ball off the wall in center field and raced around the bases for an inside-the-park three-run home run.
Texas Tech went to the bullpen in the eighth and Jimmy Brennan greeted reliever Trey Masek with a one-out single through the right side before Iacomini drew a two-out walk. Masek, however, got Talbut swinging on a ball in the dirt to end the frame.
The first four batters reached base in the ninth to make things interesting, but St. John's could only plate one run. Baltz singled up the middle and the Red Raiders brought in closer John Neely. Matt Wessinger and Martin Kelly each followed with singles to load the bases before O'Hare drew a walk to force in a run and put St. John's on the board. Neely, however, responded with a pair of strikeouts before inducing a game-ending groundout.
St. John's returns to action on Feb. 25 with a 2 p.m. game against Northern Illinois.