Late Comeback Falls Short Again in TCU's 10-9 Loss to Texas Tech
Feb. 20, 2002
FORT WORTH, Texas - For the second-straight day, TCU baseball's frantic comeback was one run too short, as the Horned Frogs lost their third-straight one-run game of the season in a 10-9 setback to Texas Tech Wednesday afternoon at TCU Diamond. The loss marked TCU's fourth one-run defeat of the season overall and seventh-straight setback to Texas Tech.
Much like yesterday's 14-13 loss to the Red Raiders, the Frogs had to overcome a huge deficit just to make it a game. But unlike Tuesday's contest, TCU had more than one inning to do so.
TCU trailed 10-1 after Tech batted in the sixth, but chipped away with three runs in their half of the sixth and five more in the eighth to cut the lead to 10-9 heading into the ninth. But, after the teams combined for 15 final-inning runs yesterday, the Frogs went down one-two-three in the ninth to end the rally.
Second baseman Will Lewis (Texarkana, Ark./Texarkana/Seminole J.C.) got the rally started in the sixth with an two-RBI single into right field, scoring Jake Duncan (Marshall, Texas/Marshall/U. of Texas) and Walter Olmstead (San Antonio, Texas//MacArthur). A batter later, Levi Robinson (Anchorage, Alaska/Robert Service/Canada C.C.) beat out an infield single, scoring Marshall Wilson (Austin, Texas/Stephen F. Austin) to make it 10-4 Tech.
TCU's five runs in the eighth came courtesy of a pair of home runs from Lewis and third baseman Mike Settle (Fort Worth, Texas/Country Day). Lewis' was a three-run bomb with nobody out, while Settle's round-tripper came with two outs and one on. The homer capped a career day for Lewis, as he went 3-for-4 with five RBI.
However, that would be as close as TCU would get. Tech pitcher J.J. Newman retired the side in the ninth to seal the Frogs' fate and collect his first save of the season.
Freshman Ryan Nesloney (Houston, Texas/Jersey Village) and senior Josh Gardner (Sugar Land, Texas/Clements) combined to toss three innings of scoreless, three-hit relief as TCU worked its way back into the game.
TCU (3-6) looks to get back on track this weekend when Sam Houston State comes calling to TCU Diamond. Game times, originally set for 1:05 p.m., are now scheduled for 2:05 p.m. both days.
GAME NOTES After suffering early-season hitting woes, TCU has combined to tally 34 runs and 40 hits over its last three games ... Settle's two RBI gives him 11 in the last three games ... Settle also has a home run in each game of that span ... TCU's last win over Texas Tech was a 7-5 win in Lubbock on March 28, 2000 ... the Frogs and Red Raiders will face off for the last two times of the season March 5-6 in Lubbock ... the Raiders have claimed the first four contests of the year against TCU, winning three of the four by one run.