Red Raiders Fall To No. 24 TCU 9-2|
March 8, 2005
FORT WORTH, Texas - Three walked batters and a hit batter led to runs as No. 24 TCU defeated No. 21 Texas Tech 9-2 on Tuesday night in front of 1,848 fans at Lupton Stadium in Fort Worth. The loss drops Texas Tech to 14-3 on the season while TCU improves to 11-3.
TCU's J.J. Estrada ended Adam Lawford's 17-inning scoreless stretch when he belted a solo home run as the leadoff hitter in the bottom of the second inning. Horned Frog catcher Kyle Dahlberg pushed the TCU lead to 2-0 when hit a two-out RBI single up the middle that scored designated hitter Andrew Walker. TCU's scoring came after back-to-back innings in which Tech had moved a runner to third and was unable to capitalize either time.
Cameron Blair's leadoff double in the third set up an RBI chance for third baseman Joey Callender and he took advantage of it by lacing a single to center field. The RBI was his 15th of the season and it brought Tech to within one at 2-1.
TCU pushed its lead to 3-1 in the third on a two-out RBI single by Walker. Walker's base hit scored second baseman Shelby Ford who drew a walk earlier in the inning.
Blair scored for the second time in the game when left fielder Chris Williams scored him on a sacrifice fly to center. Blair reached on a fielder's choice and moved to third on a two base throwing error by pitcher Tim McGough.
The Frogs chased away Lawford in the fifth and reliever Zach Butler only lasted 1/3 of an inning as TCU punched out three runs on two hits and a wild pitch.
Junior right-hander Adam Lawford (2-1) was charged with the loss after surrendering a season-high six earned runs on five hits and three walks. Tim McGough (2-0), making his first start of the season, earned the win for TCU as he pitched six innings allowing one earned run on six hits and struckout three.
Texas Tech continues its road trip this weekend as the Red Raiders will head to Los Angeles for the 2005 Public Storage Classic hosted by Southern California. The Red Raiders open the round robin tournament against the 20th-ranked Trojans at 6 p.m. on Friday night. Tech continues tournament play on Saturday against UC-Irvine before closing out against No. 9 Wichita State on Sunday.