Hynes Pitches Texas Tech Past No. 23 TCU, 4-1
March 11, 2007
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Senior left-hander Colt Hynes logged a complete game effort and struckout a career-high 11 batters to lead the Texas Tech Red Raiders to a 4-1 win over No. 23 TCU on Sunday afternoon in the Whataburger College Classic at Whataburger Field.
The win gives Texas Tech a 15-7 record on the season and its first win over a ranked opponent this season. TCU fell to 11-6.
Texas Tech jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as junior outfielder Doug Thennis and Geoff Byrns drove in a run each. Freshman third baseman Chris Hall got Tech rolling as he led off the game with a single up the middle that extended his current hit streak to 10 games. Thennis put the Red Raiders on the board when he laced an RBI double to the gap in left center that allowed Hall to score all the way from first. Byrns picked up a key two-out RBI single that scored Thennis from third and gave Tech the two-run lead.
Senior shortstop Kyle Martin, who was 0-for-5 with five strikeouts in his last five at-bats (including Rice game on Saturday), gave the Red Raiders a much needed boost when he belted a two-run home run to give Tech a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth. He now leads the team with seven home runs on the season.
TCU left fielder Matt Vern put the Horned Frogs on the board in the top of the seventh when he hit an inside the park home run. Tech outfielders Geoff Byrns and Doug Thennis collided at the wall in left center field and weren't able to recover in time and Vern scored easily on the round tripper.
Colt Hynes (2-1) earned his second win of the season by going the complete game and allowed just one run on six hits. His 11 strikeouts in the game surpassed his career high that he set last season in a complete game effort against Missouri. Chris Johnson (2-2) suffered the loss for TCU as he gave up four runs on five hits over six innings of work.
Texas Tech will face No. 23 TCU again on Tuesday evening as the Red Raiders and Frogs will tangle at Dan Law Field in Lubbock with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch.
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