Red Raiders Drop Game Two Against Horned Frogs, 7-3|
March 30, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech scored two runs in the first inning but wouldn't score again until the eighth inning as TCU won game two and the weekend series with a 7-3 victory on Saturday evening in front of a season-high 3,267 fans at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Tech drops its third straight game - and also its third consecutive game in Big 12 play - while falling to 16-13 overall and to 3-5 in Big 12 play. The Horned Frogs (11-15, 3-5 Big 12) defeated Tech for the 13th straight game dating back to 2007 while winning its fifth road game of the season.
Red Raider starting pitcher Jonny Drozd (3-2) took the loss giving up four runs on eight hits with four strikeouts and a walk in five innings of work. TCU reliever Nick Frey (1-1) earned the win pitching 3.1 innings in relief allowing just one run on two hits. Horned Frogs left-handed pitcher Brandon Finnegan allowed just two runs but only managed 4.1 innings of work in the start.
Tech jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run single to center field by junior third baseman Jake Barrios. Finnegan allowed three walks in the first inning, two of which were issued to Bryant Burleson and Eric Gutierrez who both came around to score.
As Finnegan retired 10 straight Tech batters from the final out in the first inning through the fourth, TCU took a 3-2 lead with seven hits and three runs in the first two frames while four of the Frogs hits were in the infield.
Tech had a base hit in both the fifth and sixth innings, including a leadoff double by Burleson to open the bottom of the sixth, but both times left a runner in scoring position.
TCU pushed two runs across in the sixth and also scored two runs in the eighth.
Tech had three consecutive singles in the eighth, including an RBI single by freshman designated hitter Jarrard Poteete. A line-drive grounder up the middle by catcher Mason Randolph with two outs was snagged as the Red Raiders rally was ended while leaving the bases loaded.
Tech and TCU both left seven runners on base.
Barrios led the Red Raiders going 2-for-4 with two RBI. Burleson went 1-for-2 with two runs scored and two walks while Gutierrez went 1-for-3 with a run scored and a walk.
Tech and TCU will conclude their three-game Big 12 series on Sunday with a nationally-televised game on FSN at 1:35 p.m. CT at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park as Bob Licht (play-by-play) and Jack Lazorko (analyst) call the action in Lubbock.