Red Raiders Fall in Big 12 Home Opener to TCU, 4-1|
March 29, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech managed to out-hit TCU 9-6, but left nine runners on base - including seven in scoring position - while the Red Raiders dropped their Big 12 home opener 4-1 on Friday night in front of 2,668 fans at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Texas Tech dropped to 16-12 overall and to 3-4 in Big 12 play while TCU (10-15, 2-5 Big 12) won its 12th consecutive game over the Red Raiders (dating back to 2007) and snapped a four-game losing streak with the win.
Tech starting pitcher Corey Taylor (2-3) pitched a season-high 7.1 innings with two strikeouts while allowing just three runs on six hits in the loss. Taylor became the first Red Raider to pitch 7.1 innings during his Big 12 career (starting) debut since 2011 (Brennan Stewart - 7.1 IP - at UT).
TCU starting pitcher Preston Morrison (4-1) earned the win pitching 5.2 innings while scattering nine hits on one run with one strikeout and didn't allow a walk as he threw 64 pitches in his seventh start of the season.
TCU reliever Riley Ferrell picked up his first save of the season pitching 2.1 scoreless innings without allowing a hit and struck out four to finish the contest.
Tech struck first in the bottom of the first inning as center fielder Brett Bell singled up the middle and proceeded to steal both second and third base. Bell scored two batters later on second baseman Bryant Burleson's RBI single to center field to give Tech a 1-0 lead.
The Horned Frogs evened the score in the third inning on a bases-loaded, RBI walk by leadoff hitter Cody Jones. TCU took the lead with the eventual game-winning run the following inning as second baseman Paul Hendrix tripled to center field and then scored on Derek Odell's sacrifice fly to left field.
TCU added a run in the eighth inning and scored an unearned run in the ninth.
Bell led Tech going 2-for-4 with a run scored and two stolen bases while freshman Jarrard Poteete also had a multi-hit game going 2-for-4. Seven of Tech's nine starting position players had at least one hit in the game.
In addition, the Red Raider defense turned a season-high four double plays in the game. It marked Tech's first game with four double plays since 2010 (vs. Rice - Minute Maid Park). Tech leads the Big 12 and ranks third in the nation with 37 double plays on the season.
The Red Raiders and Horned Frogs will play game two of the series on Saturday, March 30, with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch set for Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.