Texas Tech Hands Frogs First Loss Of The Season, 7-4
Feb. 15, 2005
Fort Worth, Texas - The No. 23 TCU Horned Frogs suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of the Texas Tech Red Raiders in front of the second largest crowd at Lupton Stadium. The game was tied at two going into the sixth inning, but the Raiders tallied five runs over the course of the next three innings to stay undefeated at 5-0. For TCU, Ryan Pack was 3-for-3 in his first start of the season, driving in two runs.
Texas Tech got its offense going in the first inning when lead-off hitter, Cameron Blair smoked a double to left field. A Chris Richburg home run with one out put the Raiders up 2-0.
The Frogs battled back to tie the game with a run in the second and the third inning. Bo Cogbill drew a one-out walk and moved to second when Kyle Dahlberg was hit by the pitch. Pack delivered, sending a sharp single threw the left side to plate the first run of the game.
TCU starter Brad Furnish (0-1) settled down after the first inning, retiring 11 of the next 13 batters he faced, including a stretch of seven in a row. He finished the game with a career-high eight strikeouts.
To open the sixth inning, Blair took a pitch off the elbow. Following a sacrifice fly off the bat of Richburg, Furnish gave way to Chad Underwood out of the bullpen. Underwood retired the first batter he faced but gave up a double to Brian Capps to push the fourth run across the plate. Tech tacked on two more in the seventh to take a 6-2 lead.
The Frogs tied to mount a rally in the bottom of the sixth as they pushed across a run on a hit. Ford once again delivered the base knock to pull the Frogs within three, 6-3. In the eighth, Pack picked up his second RBI of the game as he singled home Cogbill.
Zach Ashwood made his collegiate debut in the eighth inning. He pitched 1.2 innings, allowing only two hits and striking out one.
"They (Texas Tech) played better than we did tonight," remarked Schlossnagle. "They pitched really well and we struck out 12 times and that's not the type of club we want to be. I'm upset we lost, but now I'm more interested to see how we respond to it."
The Frogs will hit the road for the first time this season as they head to Florida to take on Florida Atlantic. Game time is set for 6:00 p.m. (CST) in Boca Raton, Fla.
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