TCU Rallies For 8-6 Win Over Texas Tech|
April 25, 2007
LUBBOCK, Texas - TCU's Austin Adams hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to lead a five-run rally as the Horned Frogs edged Texas Tech 8-6 on Wednesday evening at Lupton Stadium.
The loss drops Texas Tech to 25-18 on the season while TCU improves to 31-10.
Texas Tech jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of third inning thanks to clutch hitting by James Leverton and Chris Richburg. Tech got its first two runners on base in the inning as Roger Kieschnick led off with a single and Matt Smith was hit by a pitch. TCU starter Chase Perry retired Kyle Martin and Taylor Ashby on back-to-back pop ups before James Leverton finally broke through with an RBI single through the left side. Chris Richburg pushed the lead to 4-0 when he blasted a three-run homer over the center field fence. The home run was his second of the season and his second at Lupton Stadium.
The Horned Frogs pulled within two in the bottom half of the third when Clint Arnold belted a two-RBI double to right field. Tech starter Josh Scofield walked both of the batters that scored on Arnold's double.
Junior catcher Matt Smith pushed Tech's lead to 5-2 when he led off the top of the fifth with a solo home run to right field. The home run was his 11th of the season.
The Red Raiders regained their four run lead in the top of the sixth thanks to Roger Kieschnick's 22nd double of the season. A leadoff error by TCU third baseman Steven Trout allowed Chris Richburg to reach safely and Kieschnick's double to the gap in left center made the score 6-2.
After a 21-minute delay in the bottom of the seventh due to lighting failure, Texas Tech watched its four-run lead evaporated as the Horned Frogs plated five runs to take a 7-6 lead. A leadoff walk issued by Scofield prompted Tech to go to its bullpen for reliever Collin Auten. Auten gave up a pair of hits to load the bases and Steven Trout brought in the first two runs with a single up the middle. Austin Adams then gave TCU its first lead of the game when he blasted a three-run home run off Paul Gonzalez.
Texas Tech returns to Big 12 action on Friday evening when the Red Raiders open up a three-game series at Missouri. First pitch at Taylor Stadium is set for 6:30 p.m.