No. 22 Texas Tech Notches 10th Straight Win Over TCU|
Feb. 18, 2003
LUBBOCK, Texas - Junior Clint McGill went 2-for-2 with two RBI, two runs scored and three walks to lead No. 22 (Sports Weekly/ESPN Coaches Top 25) Texas Tech to a 15-11 win over TCU on Tuesday afternoon at Dan Law Field.
Texas Tech improved its overall record to 9-2 on the young season and moved its current win streak over TCU (6-3) to 10 games. The last time TCU defeated Tech was back on March 28, 2000 when the Frogs scored a 7-5 win in Lubbock.
Texas Tech stormed out to a 6-0 lead in the second inning as the Red Raiders put up five hits in the inning and took advantage of one TCU defensive miscue. Sophomore right fielder Madison Edwards delivered a bases-loaded double into left-center field plating the first two runs of the game. Scooter Jordan, Cody Fuller and Christian Colonel each followed up with RBI singles to help pad the Tech lead. The Red Raiders pushed their lead to 7-0 in the third on an RBI double by Clint McGill that extended his current hitting streak to 11 games.
TCU plated its first run of the game in the fourth inning when third baseman Mike Settle singled through the right side plating centerfielder Terry Trofholz.
The Horned Frogs chased away Tech starter Tanner McElroy in the fifth as the sophomore right-hander gave up consecutive walks to start the inning. McElroy had pitched four quality innings up to that point allowing just one hit with two strikeouts. He was replaced by Nathan Fouts who helped contribute to a four-run TCU fifth-inning, allowing two earned runs on one hit and a walk.
Tech responded in its half of the fifth by scoring three runs on three hits and three TCU errors. Two of TCU's errors were charged to catcher Justin Hatcher who threw two wild balls into shallow center field attempting to throw out runners.
Both teams traded runs in the sixth inning before TCU was able to tie the game by scoring five runs in the seventh and eighth. The Horned Frogs got solo home runs in both innings from Chris Neuman and Justin Hatcher.
Texas Tech sealed the win in the bottom of the eighth as TCU reliever Ryan Nesloney put runners on first and third before being replaced by Clint Mokry. Mokry then loaded the bases with an intentional walk of T.J. Bruce and then walked in two runs after issuing consecutive free passes to Josh Haney and Clint McGill. The Red Raiders plated two more runs on an RBI single by Cooper Fouts to left-center to push Tech's lead to 15-11.
Junior Jeff Karstens (3-0) picked up the win in relief for Texas Tech while Ryan Nesloney (1-1) suffered the loss for TCU.
Texas Tech will travel to Fort Worth, Texas this weekend where they will continue a four-game stretch with TCU beginning on Friday night at Lupton Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Grass seating is all that remains for all three games and tickets can be purchased through the TCU Ticket Office at (817) 257-FROG.