Comeback Falls Short as No. 8 TCU Hands Tech 8-6 Defeat
March 5, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech used a six-run fifth inning to tie the game at six, but No. 8 TCU prevailed by scoring two runs in the seventh inning for an 8-6 victory in front of 3,060 fans at Dan Law Field Saturday evening.
After trailing 6-0, Texas Tech (8-4) scored six runs in the fifth inning while sending 11 batters to the plate. The Red Raiders plated half a dozen runs on just three base hits in the inning as TCU (6-4) pitchers allowed four walks and two hit-by-pitch.
The Horned Frogs won their second straight over Tech this weekend by scoring two runs on three hits in the seventh inning. Freshman Trey Masek (0-1) took the loss allowing two runs on four hits in 3.1 innings pitched.
TCU starting pitcher Steven Maxwell didn't figure in the decision despite having a perfect game through 3.2 innings and a no-hitter through four frames.
TCU relief pitcher Stefan Crichton picked up his first career win pitching 3.1 scoreless innings with four strikeouts and allowed only two base hits. Erik Miller recorded all three outs in the ninth to pick up his second save of the season.
Five Red Raiders posted base hits, but no Texas Tech player finished with multiple hits.
Sophomore Bo Altobelli recorded Tech's only extra-base hit with a double to right-center field in the fifth inning. That hit came one batter after first baseman Stephen Hagen ended Maxwell's no-hit bid with a single up the middle to start the inning.
Freshman David Paiz went 1-for-4 to extend his hit streak to eight games while shortstop Kelby Tomlinson saw his 10-game hit streak end going 0-for-3. Tomlinson has reached base safely in all 12 games this season.
The Horned Frogs finished with 16 base hits, as they managed to score at least one run in five innings. The Red Raiders collected five base hits as both teams had finished with one error.
The Red Raiders and Horned Frogs will conclude their three-game series on Sunday with first-pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. at Dan Law Field.