Baseball Falls at No. 20 Texas Tech, 6-3
March 11, 2003
LUBBOCK, Texas - TCU baseball dropped the rubber match of its five-game season series with No. 20 Texas Tech 6-3 Tuesday evening at Dan Law Field. The setback was the Horned Frogs 12th in 14 games versus Tech and kept the Frogs from claiming its first season series over the Red Raiders since 2000.
Things looked good for TCU (11-9) early in the contest, as the Frogs banged out three hits in the first inning and took a 2-0 lead. A two-run single from Mike Settle (Fort Worth, Texas/Country Day) gave TCU the early advantage.
After Red Raiders plated a run of its own in the bottom of the first, the Horned Frogs regained a two-run advantage in the top of the second, thanks to a sacrifice fly off the bat of second baseman Will Lewis (Texarkana, Ark./Texarkana).
However, Texas Tech (16-6) scored the final five runs of the contest with one in the second, two in the third and another pair in the sixth to earn the triumph. Tech pitching was the story of the contest, as the Red Raider hurlers allowed no runs and just three hits in the final six innings of the ballgame.
Texas Tech starter Tanner McElroy earned his first victory of the season, allowing just three runs on six hits in six innings of work, striking out six. Jeff Karstens struck out three Frogs in 2.2 innings of scoreless relief to register his third save of the campaign. Horned Frog starter Kyle Shoemaker (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe) gave up four runs on three hits in three innings to fall to 2-1 on the season.
Leading the Frogs offensively were Chris Meeks (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood), Jake Duncan (Marshall, Texas/Marshall) and Lewis with two hits apiece. Duncan and Lewis both extended their personal hitting streaks to six games in the losing effort.
TCU returns home this weekend to open the Conference USA season with a three-game series versus No. 21 Tulane. Game times are slated for 6:30 p.m. Friday, 3:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at Lupton Stadium and Williams-Reilly Field.
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