TCU Drops Series Finale to No. 22 Texas Tech, 7-5
Feb. 23, 2003
FORT WORTH, Texas - A valiant TCU comeback bid was not enough to overcome an early 5-0 deficit as the Horned Frogs dropped a 7-5 decision to No. 22 Texas Tech Sunday afternoon at Lupton Stadium and Williams-Reilly Field. The setback prevented the Frogs from recording their first three-game sweep of the Red Raiders since April 10-11, 1992.
After TCU (8-4) fell behind 5-0 after just three-and-a-half innings, the Frogs used the long ball to begin to chip away at the deficit. Right fielder Jake Duncan (Marshall, Texas/Marshall) put the Horned Frogs on the board when he launched his second home run in as many games, a two-run shot to right center field to cut the Tech advantage to 5-2. The blast was the first hit TCU was able to muster off Red Raider starter Jeff Karstens.
An inning later, first baseman Chris Neuman (Fort Worth, Texas/Western Hills) led off the frame with another bomb to right center, bringing the Frogs to within two at 5-3.
Texas Tech (10-4) responded by plating single runs in the sixth and seventh inning to stretch the lead to 7-3.
TCU made it interesting by plating another pair in the bottom of the eighth, cutting the deficit to 7-5. Right fielder Terry Trofholz (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior) drove in the first run with a single to left field and left fielder Chris Meeks (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood) took advantage of a wild pitch from Tech reliever Aaron Jones to bring the Frogs within two.
However, Texas Tech's Dusty Buck forced TCU's Mike Settle to ground into a double play to end the threat in the eighth and overcame two Horned Frog base hits in the ninth to earn his first save of the season.
TCU's Ryan Weems allowed the five early runs to fall to 1-1 on the campaign, while Karstens ran his record to 4-0 with the win.
The Frogs return to action on Tuesday evening when they travel to Southwest Texas for a 6:30 p.m. contest.