No. 27 Texas Tech Drops Second Game to No. 26 TCU, 7-4
March 12, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas - No. 27 Texas Tech held a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning but it was No. 26 TCU who scored five runs with two outs in the sixth on its way to a 7-4 win over Tech on Monday afternoon in front of 4,527 fans at Lupton Stadium.
Texas Tech (10-5) ends its six-game road trip - that includes five games against ranked opponents - and TCU improves to 7-6 on the season.
Red Raider reliever Trey Masek (1-1) suffered the loss while not allowing an earned run going 2.2 innings with two strikeouts and one walk while TCU scored five runs on five hits.
TCU reliever Preston Morrison (3-0) picked up the win pitching five innings in relief while allowing one run on four hits with two strikeouts without allowing a walk. Horned Frogs closer Kaleb Merck grabbed his second save in the two-game series - fourth of the season - pitching a scoreless ninth inning.
Tech pushed across three runs in the third inning as first baseman Scott LeJeune scored a pair of runs with an RBI single to left field and later center fielder Barrett Barnes stole home on a double steal to give the Red Raiders a 3-0 lead.
TCU scored two runs in the bottom of the third on back-to-back RBI singles from Jerrick Suiter and Derek Odell, to cut Tech's lead to 3-2.
Texas Tech starting pitcher Shane Broyles took a no decision after pitching 3.1 innings and allowing two runs on seven hits with one strikeout and two walks.
Tech's 3-2 lead stood up until the sixth inning when with two outs, TCU first baseman Braden Mattson tripled down the right-field line and scored a batter later on an error by Red Raider third baseman Reid Redman, on a difficult grounder to his left. TCU followed with four straight base hits, including a triple by Coats to give TCU a five-run sixth inning.
Red Raider shortstop Tim Proudfoot drove in Tech's fourth run of the game in the seventh inning, but that would be the final run Tech would score.
Texas Tech returns home tomorrow, Tuesday, Mar. 13, hosting Alabama A&M at 6 p.m. at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park. It is the first game of the midweek series with the Bulldogs that will conclude on Wednesday, Mar. 14, with a 1 p.m. first pitch.
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