Carnline, Lawford Lead Tech Past No. 22 TCU 7-4|
Feb. 15, 2005
FORT WORTH, Texas. - Juniors Billy Carnline and Adam Lawford combined for 12 strikeouts and freshman Chris Richburg tallied three RBI to lead Texas Tech to a 7-4 win over No. 22 TCU on Tuesday night in front of a sellout crowd of 2,501 at Lupton Stadium.
The win improves Texas Tech to 5-0 on the season and marks the first 5-0 start since Tech went 6-0 to start off the 1999 season. The loss was the first of the year for the Horned Frogs as the fell to 3-1.
Junior right-hander Billy Carnline (1-0) set the tone for the Red Raiders on the hill as he allowed one earned run on three hits and struckout six in five innings of work. The win was the first of season for Porter, Texas, native.
Senior shortstop and leadoff hitter Cameron Blair got Tech rolling in the top of the first when he punched a double down the left field line. Freshman first baseman Chris Richburg gave the Red Raiders a 2-0 lead with a two-run homer that went sailing over the fence in left-center field. The home run was his second of the season.
TCU plated its first run of the game in the bottom of the second on an RBI single by Ryan Pack that scored Bo Cogbill from second. The Frogs tied the game in the bottom of the third when shortstop Shelby Ford hit a bloop RBI double to left-center field that was just beyond the diving reach of center fielder Cody Fuller.
Richburg picked up his third RBI of the game in the top of the sixth when he gave the Red Raiders a 3-2 lead on a sacrifice fly to left. The sacrifice scored Blair who reached after being hit by TCU starter Brad Furnish. Junior right fielder Brian Capps pushed the Tech lead to 4-2 when he belted an RBI double over the head of TCU center fielder Ryan Pack. Capps' double allowed junior left fielder Chris Williams to score from second after reaching on a single down the first base line.
Blair added to the Tech lead in the top of the seventh when he delivered a clutch two-out RBI single through the right side that plated Carey Avants from second. Avants drew a leadoff walk and was moved to second on sacrifice bunt by catcher Matt Smith. Williams gave the Red Raiders a 6-2 lead with an RBI single that scored Blair from third.
Junior right fielder Brian Capps picked up his first home run of the season in the top of the eighth when he drilled a solo home run 405 feet over the center field wall. Capps' home run gave Tech a 7-3 lead after the Frogs scored a run in the bottom of the seventh.
Junior reliever Adam Lawford was stellar after taking over for Carnline in the sixth inning as he allowed just four hits and struckout six in four innings of relief work. The save was his first of the year.
Texas Tech returns to action this weekend as the Red Raiders will host the Western Illinois Leathernecks in a three-game series at Dan Law Field. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 3 p.m.