No. 26 Texas Tech Red Raiders Fall 2-1 at TCU
March 11, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas - Sophomore right-handed pitcher Duke von Schamann threw his first career complete game while No. 26 Texas Tech lost 2-1 at No. 26 TCU on Sunday afternoon at Lupton Stadium.
The Red Raiders (10-4) and Horned Frogs (6-6) played for the first time this weekend after both Friday and Saturday's games were cancelled. Tech outhit TCU, 5-4, but two errors by the Red Raiders helped lead to the Horned Frogs' victory in a game that lasted only two hours and eight minutes.
von Schamann (2-2) was dominating while tossing eight innings with six strikeouts without allowing a walk on four hits while only one of TCU's two runs were earned. In fact, von Schamann retired the final 13 TCU batters in order from the final out in the fourth inning until the last out in the eighth.
TCU starting pitcher Stefan Crichton (2-0) earned the win going seven innings with four strikeouts while allowing one run on four hits with one walk. Closer Kaleb Merck pitched a perfect ninth inning for his third save of the season.
Junior center fielder Barrett Barnes led Texas Tech at the plate going 2-for-4 - his sixth multi-hit game of the season - as he was the only Red Raider to finish with multiple hits.
A failed pickoff attempt at first base by von Schamann in the second inning sent TCU catcher Josh Elander to third base, where he later scored on a groundout to the shortstop for an unearned run, which gave TCU a 1-0 lead.
Tech evened the score in the fourth when Barnes led off with a double down the left-field line and later scored on Reid Redman's sacrifice fly to center field. Senior designated hitter Kevin Whitehead also singled through the right sides in the inning.
With an out in the fourth, Elander hit a high fly ball to right field where Tech junior right fielder Jamodrick McGruder lost his footing on the wet sod which allowed Elander to reach on a base hit. McGruder then lost control of the ball and Elander went into second base on the error.
von Schamann balked, which sent Elander to third base and then second baseman Derek Odell drove in Elander with a groundout to first base. The inning ended two batters later when Davy Wright hit a deep fly ball to left field, and Tech left fielder Brennan Moore made a highlight reel catch as he robbed a home run while catching the ball as it went over the fence.
Redman (1-for-3) was the only Red Raider with an RBI while he was one of three Tech players with a double. Freshman shortstop Tim Proudfoot also doubled while going 1-for-4 and Whitehead (1-for-4) was the only other Tech player with a base hit.
Texas Tech and TCU will complete their two-game series on Monday, Mar. 12, at Lupton Stadium in Fort Worth.