Baseball Downed By Texas Tech, 17-4

March 6, 2002

Box Score

LUBBOCK, Texas - For the second-straight day, Texas Tech jumped out to a commanding early lead as TCU dropped a 17-4 decision at Tech's Dan Law Field Wednesday afternoon. The loss completed the Red Raiders' six-game season series sweep of the Frogs.

Unlike Tuesday night, when Texas Tech never trailed in a 17-11 victory over the Horned Frogs, TCU notched a first-inning run to grab an early 1-0 lead. Designated hitter Chris Meeks (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood/Eastfield J.C.) struck out, but reached base courtesy of a wild pitch on strike three. Two batters later, after Meeks had stolen second, right fielder Jake Duncan (Marshall, Texas/Marshall/U. of Texas) slapped a single up the middle, scoring Meeks.

However, Tech (15-7) responded in the bottom of the stanza, plating three runs (two unearned) on three hits and two Horned Frog errors to take a 3-1 advantage.

TCU catcher Justin Hatcher's (Fort Worth, Texas/Brewer/Eastfield J.C.) solo home run to left field in the second inning, his first of the year, brought the Frogs within 3-2.

But the Red Raiders answered again by batting around in both the second and third innings, scoring seven and five runs, respectively, to take a commanding 15-2 lead.

TCU (6-9) collected single runs in the fourth and seventh, but it was not enough as the game was called after the Frogs batted in the seventh due to the ten-run rule.

The Horned Frogs continue their seven-game road trip Friday with a pair of games versus perennial national powers at the Express College Classic in Round Rock. TCU will face Notre Dame at 3 p.m. before matching up with Southern California at 7 p.m. at Dell Diamond.

The loss was TCU's ninth-straight to Tech ... the Horned Frogs' last victory over the Red Raiders was nearly two years ago, a 7-5 Frog win on March 28, 2000 ... while TCU is 0-6 this year versus Tech, the Frogs are 6-3 against the rest of its schedule ... the game was the Horned Frogs' second this year shortened to seven innings. TCU defeated Southwest Texas 12-2 on Feb. 17 in a seven-inning contest in Round Rock.



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