Red Raiders Fall 6-2 in Midweek Opener at No. 16 Arizona
March 5, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. - A four-run sixth inning propelled No. 16 Arizona to a 6-2 victory over Texas Tech on Tuesday evening in front of 2,131 fans at Hi Corbett Field.
Texas Tech (7-6) had eight base hits and turned two double plays but it was the Wildcats (11-3) who scored four runs on three base hits and took advantage of the Red Raiders' only error of the game in the sixth inning to improve to 10-2 at home this season.
Red Raiders starting pitcher Johnny Drozd (1-1) took the loss after giving up five runs (4 ER) on seven hits with two strikeouts in five innings of work. Drozd did not allow a walk in the game and has now gone 10 consecutive innings without allowing a base on balls.
Arizona starting pitcher Tyler Crawford (2-1) went eight innings while scattering eight hits with just two runs allowed with five strikeouts and didn't allow a walk. Reliever Mathew Troupe pitched a scoreless ninth inning with two strikeouts in the non-save situation.
Texas Tech right fielder Devon Conley went 2-for-4 with an RBI, freshman designated hitter Jarrard Poteete went 2-for-4 and sophomore second baseman Bryant Burleson went 1-for-3 with an RBI to lead the Red Raiders at the plate.
Arizona scored first with a two-out RBI single in the second inning to take the early 1-0 advantage.
In the fourth inning, Tech would answer with a run to tie the game as sophomore center fielder Brett Bell singled to lead off the inning and then stole both second and third base. Burleson drove in Bell with a double down the right-field line to tie the game, 1-1.
The Wildcats regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth with a leadoff double and sacrifice fly, before their four-run sixth inning.
Drozd never faced more than four batters in an inning during the first five frames, but back-to-back base hits in the sixth and a fielding error by Tech shortstop Jake Barrios ended Drozd's day with two runners on base. Reliever Corey Taylor came in to face one batter - Brandon Dixon - who doubled home two runs while Trent Gilbert then hit a sacrifice fly off Tech reliever Andre Wheeler to bring home Arizona's sixth run of the game and fourth run of the inning.
Tech didn't give in as it scored a run in the eighth on Conley's third double of the season as catcher Mason Randolph scored after reaching base on an infield single to lead off the inning.
Freshman Matt Custred pitched the final two frames - both scoreless - for the Red Raiders who used four pitchers in the contest.
Texas Tech and Arizona will complete their two-game midweek series on Wednesday with a 2 p.m. CT first pitch from Hi Corbett Field in Tucson, Ariz.