Baseball Handed Third-Straight Loss by Texas Tech, 5-1
Feb. 16, 2002
ROUND ROCK, Texas - TCU mustered just six hits and left eight men on base in dropping its third-straight game 5-1 to Texas Tech Saturday afternoon at Dell Diamond. The loss was the Horned Frogs' second to the Red Raiders in just over a week, as Tech took last week's season-opener 2-1 in 10 innings at the Astros College Classic in Houston.
Tech got on the scoreboard first as Horned Frog starter Kyle Shoemaker (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe/Seminole J.C.), the defending Conference USA Pitcher of the Week, struggled through a 24-pitch first inning. After allowing a lead-off double, Shoemaker retired the next two batters before Raider clean-up hitter Nick Blankenship drove in the run with a double of his own to left-center field, giving Tech a 1-0 lead.
Shoemaker ran into trouble again in the third, allowing two runs on two hits as the Raiders jumped out to a 3-0 lead.
TCU (2-4) got on the board in the seventh on an RBI single off the bat of Terry Trofholz (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior/Creighton). Unfortunately for the Frogs, they were unable to plate more runs in the frame, stranding runners on second and third.
Texas Tech (7-4) put the game away in the bottom of the seventh, notching two runs on three hits. Tech's Madison Edwards drove in both runs with a single to right, putting the Raiders ahead 5-1.
Red Raider pitchers Steve Gooch and Steve Rowe stymied the Horned Frog hitters, combining to scatter the six hits. Trofholz was the only Frog to enjoy a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4.
TCU's Will Lewis (Texarkana, Ark./Texarkana/Seminole J.C.) had an interesting, if not painful, day at the plate, reaching base all four times, on a single and being hit by three pitches.
The Horned Frogs will look to stop their losing skid tomorrow at 4 p.m. in the finale of the Lone Star Classic versus Southwest Texas.