Frogs silenced by Texas Tech, 4-1
March 11, 2007
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - The No. 23 TCU Horned Frogs bats were silenced by an strong pitching performance from Texas Tech's Colt Hynes as the Red Raiders took a 4-1 decision at the Whataburger College Classic. The Frogs' lone run of the game came courtesy of an inside-the-park home run off the bat of Matt Vern.
The Red Raiders put up two runs in the first inning of the contest. Chris Hall reached on a single up the middle and scored on a double to the gap in left center off the bat of Doug Thennis. A walk to Roger Kieschnick put two runners on with no outs, but TCU starter Chris Johnson got Matt Smith to ground into a double play. A two-out single from Geoff Byrnes plated Kieschnick before Johnson struck out Kyle Martin to end the inning.
Johnson worked out of a two-out jam in the second, then settled in and put up zeros for the next four innings. A lead-off walk in the fourth was erased as Andrew Walker gunned him down at second trying to steal.
The Frogs made a bid to cut the lead in half in the top of the sixth, but a fine defensive play by Thennis ended the threat. Austin Adams scalded a ball down the left field line for a two-out double. Bidding for an extra base hit, Walker drove the ball to the right center gap where Thennis chased it down, making a great over-the-shoulder catch to end the inning.
Texas Tech struck again in the bottom of the inning. Johnson issued a one-out walk to Smith and Martin came through with two outs, driving the first pitch of the at-bat over the left field fence to give Tech the 4-0 lead.
With one out in the seventh, Matt Vern drove a ball deep to left center. Byrnes and Thennis arrived to catch the ball at the same time and collided, allowing the ball to fall to in safely. Vern raced around the bases and made it home without a throw to score the Frogs' lone run of the game.
Johnson falls to 2-2 on the season. He went six innings, allowing four runs on five hits. He walked four and struck out three. Steven Maxwell finished the game for the Frogs, pitching two scoreless innings.
Hynes was dominate for the Red Raiders allowed just the one run on six hits. He didn't walk a batter and struck out 11 batters in the complete game effort.
The Frogs (11-6) will head to Lubbock on Monday for a Tuesday match-up with these same Red Raiders. Game time at Dan Law Field is slated for 6:30 p.m.
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