No. 21 Tech Falls to No. 15 TCU in Midweek Game|
Kirsch went 2-for-3 and is now batting .298 with 35 RBI this season
April 22, 2014
ABILENE, Texas - No. 21 Texas Tech out hit No. 15 TCU, but it was the Horned Frogs who manufactured all four of its runs during a 4-0 shutout over the Red Raiders on Tuesday evening at Crutcher Scott Field in Abilene during a non-conference contest in front of 1,437 fans.
It marked the first time in school history that the Red Raiders (32-13) have faced a league opponent in non-conference play. The Horned Frogs (27-13) evened the season series with Tech after the Red Raiders took two of three in Fort Worth earlier this season.
TCU used seven sacrifices - four sac bunts and three sac flies - and only three base hits to score all four of its runs. In fact, TCU scored three runs on sac flies and one run on a suicide sacrifice squeeze bunt.
Horned Frogs starting pitcher Jordan Kipper (6-2) earned the win going 6.2 scoreless innings giving up four hits with four strikeouts. Tech starter Corey Taylor (5-1) suffered his first loss of the season despite a strong outing going four innings allowing just one run on one hit with two strikeouts and a walk.
TCU first baseman Kevin Cron doubled to lead off the second inning and later scored on a sacrifice fly by designated hitter Jerrick Suiter to give TCU a 1-0 lead.
Tech reliever Jonny Drozd walked Suiter to start the fourth and after stealing second base and moving to third on a groundout to shortstop Tim Proudfoot, Suiter scored on a perfectly executed suicide squeeze bunt by shortstop Keaton Jones giving TCU a 2-0 lead.
TCU added insurance runs in the eighth and ninth innings - both coming on sacrifice flies.
Tech had five players with a base hit in the game while senior right fielder Adam Kirsch was the only Red Raider with multiple hits going 2-for-3 with a pair of singles.
The Red Raiders will return to Big 12 play this weekend hosting Oklahoma for a three-game series, Apr. 25-27, at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park. The series opener is set for Friday at 6:37 p.m., the middle game of the series is at 12:02 p.m. on Saturday and the series will conclude on Sunday with a 2:07 p.m. first pitch.