No. 20 Texas Tech Drops TCU 6-3, Clinches Series|
March 11, 2003
LUBBOCK, Texas - Senior Scooter Jordan went 2-for-2 with three walks and Tanner McElroy pitched six solid innings as 20th ranked Texas Tech defeated TCU 6-3 on Tuesday night at Dan Law Field. The win gives Texas Tech a 3-2 win in the season-long five-game series.
TCU (11-9) jumped out of the gates with a two-spot in the top of the first as the Horned Frogs tagged Tech starter Tanner McElroy for three hits. Mike Settle plated both the runs in the inning on a first pitch fastball that went through the left side of the Tech defense.
The Horned Frogs picked up what turned out to be their final run of the game in the top of the second when Will Lewis hit a sacrifice fly to center scoring Justin Hatcher.
The Red Raiders plated a run in the bottom of the second and then got two more in the third to take the 4-3 lead.
Tech's insurance runs would not be needed as Tech's relief pitching would finish the job when starter Tanner McElroy did not return for the seventh inning. Aaron Jones made a brief appearance to lead off the top of the seventh but was chased away quickly after just 12 pitches. Junior Jeff Karstens came in and pitched 2 2/3 innings allowing just two hits and struckout three en route to his third save of the season.
Tanner McElroy earned his first win of the year after pitching six innings allowing six hits, three earned runs and struckout six. Kyle Shoemaker suffered the loss for TCU and fell to 2-1.
Texas Tech begins the second half of its 2003 season as the Red Raiders head south to take on the ninth-ranked Baylor Bears at Baylor Ballpark this weekend. First pitch of the series is set for 7 p.m. on Friday.