Feb. 21, 2010
Sites: Lubbock, Texas (Dan Law Field)
Event: Red Raider Classic
Score: Texas Tech 18, Michigan 5
Records: U-M (2-2), Texas Tech (3-0)
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sun., Feb. 26-28 -- vs. Louisville at Big Ten/Big East Challenge (Dunedin, Fla.), 7:30 p.m.
LUBBOCK, Texas -- The University of Michigan baseball team took an early lead and put four up in the ninth but fell victim to hot bats, slipping at Texas Tech, 18-5, on Sunday (Feb. 21) in the final day of the Red Raider Classic at Dan Law Field.
Junior pitcher Travis Smith (Austin, Texas/Stephen F. Austin) lasted just one and two-thirds innings, striking out three and giving up five runs. Michigan's bullpen did not fare much better, giving up 13 runs over the next four innings.
Michigan scored in the first inning for the fourth-consecutive game, going up by a 1-0 score. Maize and Blue runners filled the bases with one out for senior rightfielder Nick Urban (Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall), who used the wind to his advantage in driving a ball deep enough to right centerfield to score freshman centerfielder Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) easily from third base.
Texas Tech responded with three in the first inning and two more in the second to chase Smith from the game. Junior pitcher Kolby Wood (Eau Claire, Mich./Berrien Springs) came on and Michigan ended the threat, picking off a runner at home to foil a double-steal attempt. The Wolverines' struggles continued as Texas Tech put up runs in each of the next three innings to go up 18-1 through five innings.
Sophomore pitcher Brandon Sinnery (Worcester, Mass./Worcester Academy) came on in the sixth inning and settled things down, retiring all six batters he faced. Freshman pitcher Kyle Clark (Portage, Mich./Portage Central) kept things going with a hitless eighth. Michigan's offense came to life in the ninth with senior rightfielder Mike Kittle (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) and sophomore/freshman third baseman Kevin Krantz (Traverse City, Mich./Central) hustling out infield singles, allowing junior/sophomore left fielder Garrett Stephens (Davison, Mich./Davison) and senior/junior second baseman Anthony Toth (Lorain, Ohio/St. Ignatius) to drive in one run each and two more to score on a Red Raider error.
Michigan will stay in the south for the Big Ten/Big East Challenge next weekend (Fri-Sun., Feb. 26-28) beginning with Louisville on Friday (Feb. 26) at 7:30 p.m. at Dunedin Stadium in Dunedin, Fla.
2010 Red Raider Classic All-Tournament Team
Catcher: Jeremy Mayo, Texas Tech
First Base: MIKE DUFEK, Michigan
Second Base: ANTHONY TOTH, Michigan
Shortstop: Joey Kenworthy, Texas Tech
Third Base: Nick Popescu, Texas Tech
Left Field: Michael Reed, Texas Tech
Center Field: Taylor Ashby, Texas Tech
Right Field: Barrett Barnes, Texas Tech
Designated Hitter: COLEY CRANK, Michigan
Starting Pitcher: Chad Bettis, Texas Tech
Starting Pitcher: Louis Head, Texas Tech
Relief Pitcher: Brett Bruening, Texas Tech
Most Valuable Player: Barrett Barnes, Texas Tech
Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423