No. 8 Horned Frogs Complete Sweep Over Texas Tech|
March 6, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech trailed by a run for six innings before No. 8 TCU scored seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings to secure an 8-1 victory for the series sweep over the Red Raiders on Sunday afternoon at Dan Law Field.
Texas Tech falls to 8-5 overall while TCU improves to 7-4 on the season.
Sophomore Jamen Parten made his longest start of the season pitching 6.1 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits with four strikeouts without allowing a walk in his first loss. TCU sophomore Matt Purke earned his second win pitching six-scoreless innings allowing just one walk with six strikeouts.
Purke had a perfect game through 4.2 innings before junior first baseman Stephen Hagen singled through the left side with two outs in the fifth. Hagen led the Red Raiders going 2-for-3, marking the team's only multi-hit performance.
TCU grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the first inning with back-to-back singles and then a sacrifice fly by Jason Coats. The run was unearned after an error by left fielder Jamodrick McGruder allowed Jantzen Witte to go first-to-third on Taylor Featherston's single.
Parten nearly matched Purke pitch-for-pitch from the second to sixth inning while at one point retiring 11-of-13 batters.
Popescu was the only other Tech player with a base hit with a single to center field in the eighth inning.
The Red Raiders will be back in action next weekend hosting the Texas Tech Invitational, March 11-15, as Iowa and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi travel to Lubbock.Tech's first opponent will be Iowa on Friday, March 11 with a 5 p.m. first-pitch.