Baseball Drops Wild Home Opener to Texas Tech, 14-13
Feb. 19, 2002
FORT WORTH, Texas - In a game that saw 15 ninth-inning runs and 11 pitchers between the two teams, TCU's last rally fell one run short as the Horned Frogs lost to Texas Tech 14-13 Tuesday afternoon in the Frogs' last-ever home opener at TCU Diamond.
The game was tied at six heading into the last inning, but Texas Tech (9-4) tallied eight runs on eight hits to take a seemingly safe 14-6 lead as the Frogs came to bat. But TCU (3-5) responded in the bottom of the stanza to make the game interesting.
TCU opened the bottom of the ninth by loading the bases with a hit batter, a botched fly ball by Tech's center fielder and a walk. Mike Settle (Fort Worth, Texas/Country Day) then cut the lead in half, drilling a grand slam over the left-center field wall to bring TCU within 14-10.
After a strikeout and back-to-back doubles from Justin Hatcher (Fort Worth, Texas/Brewer/Eastfield J.C.) and Jake Duncan (Marshall, Texas/Marshall/U. of Texas), Chris Meeks (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood/Eastfield J.C.) singled through the right side to draw the score to 14-11.
A walk and a strikeout later, left fielder Terry Trofholz (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior/Creighton) roped a single into right field, scoring both Meeks and Duncan to bring the Frogs within one and landing Trofholz, representing the winning run, on first base. However, Red Raider shortstop Gera Alvarez snagged a line drive off the bat of Marshall Wilson (Austin, Texas/Stephen F. Austin) to end the wacky inning and game.
The contest began at the same frantic pace that it ended, as Tech put five runs on the board to take a 5-0 lead after just one and a half innings.
But TCU came roaring back, scoring three runs each in the second and sixth to take a 6-5 advantage. Homers from Duncan, Levi Robinson (Anchorage, Alaska/Robert Service/Canada C.C.) and Jonathan Marshall (Marshall, Texas/Marshall) were the big blows in the first Horned Frog rally.
Tech tied the game in the eighth with an unearned run off a miscued pickoff attempt at first base, setting up the ninth-inning fireworks.
In all, Texas Tech used seven pitchers, including three in the ninth inning. Steve Rowe picked up the win by hurling 2.2 innings of scoreless relief.
Five different Horned Frog batters enjoyed multi-hit games, led by a career-best four hits from Marshall and a 3-for-3 effort off the bench by Meeks. Settle's four RBI gives him nine in the last two games.
TCU will look to avenge the loss tomorrow afternoon when the two teams meet again at TCU Diamond. First pitch is slated for 2:05 p.m.