Horned Frogs Lose Heartbreaker To Texas Tech

Justin Hatcher hit a solo home run in the eighth inning for TCU.

Justin Hatcher hit a solo home run in the eighth inning for TCU.

Feb. 18, 2003

Box Score

LUBBOCK, Texas - TCU rallied from a 7-0 deficit to tie its contest with Texas Tech at 11-11, only to walk in two runs and allow a back-breaking two-run single to Tech's Cooper Fouts in the bottom of the eighth in dropping a 15-11 decision to the Red Raiders Tuesday afternoon.

Although TCU was outscoring its opponents 11-1 in the second inning of games in 2003 heading into the contest, Texas Tech plated six runs on five hits to take a 6-0 lead. Big hits of the inning were a one-out triple by second baseman Josh Haney that got the outburst started and two-run double from right fielder Madison Edwards.

After Tech pushed another run across in the third, TCU rallied with five-straight runs to cut the deficit to 7-5. After Conference USA Co-Hitter of the Week Mike Settle (Fort Worth, Texas/Country Day) got the run started with an RBI-single in the third, the Frogs exploded for four more in the fourth to make it a ballgame. The big hit in the four-run fourth for TCU was a two-run double off the bat of Jake Duncan (Marshall, Texas/Marshall), the first of two doubles on the day from the right fielder.

The two teams swapped runs in the sixth before TCU plated three more in the seventh frame to get within 11-9. Sean Stephens (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) and Chris Neuman (Fort Worth, Texas/Western Hills) each homered in the stretch.

After holding the Red Raiders scoreless in the bottom of the seventh, TCU was able to tie the game with a two-run, two-out rally in the top of the eighth. Justin Hatcher (Fort Worth, Texas/Brewer) started the rally with a solo home run and was followed by back-to-back doubles from Chris Meeks (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood) and Terry Trofholz (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior).



However, TCU reliever Ryan Nesloney (Houston, Texas/Jersey Village) was not able to make the lead hold up, as he was charged with two of Tech's four runs in the eighth to pick up the loss. The loss was TCU's 10th-straight to Tech, dating back to March 28, 2000.

The Frogs will look to finally get past the Red Raiders when the two teams hook up for three games in Fort Worth this weekend. The first game, which will be the official dedication of Lupton Stadium and Williams-Reilly Field and the first night game ever on TCU's campus, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

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