Texas Tech Hands TCU 10-2 Loss
March 22, 2014
FORT WORTH - No. 25 Texas Tech evened the series with a 10-2 victory over No. 24 TCU Saturday at Lupton Stadium. The Horned Frogs were led at the plate by a three-hit afternoon from Kevin Cron.
"Every great pitcher has a bad day at least once a year," said head coach Jim Schlossnagle. "He (Preston Morrison) hasn't had one in his career and it's crazy to think that he's not going to have one and he did. I've always said the game starts and ends with starting pitching."
Preston Morrison (2-3) lasted just two innings, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks. Trey Teakell was touched for three runs on three hits in three relief innings. Ryan Burnett gave up an unearned run in 2 1/3 innings and Brian Howard surrendered two runs on three hits in 1 2/3 innings.
TCU jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Dylan Fitzgerald doubled with one out and moved to third on a base hit from Kevin Cron. The Red Raiders threw Fitzgerald out at home for the second out, but a bases loaded wild pitch gave TCU the lead.
Texas Tech bounced back in the top of the second to tie the game at one. TCU minimized the damage as Keaton Jones made a strong throw home to throw out Adam Kirsch trying to score on a ball hit by Bryant Burleson. With two outs, Todd Ritchie lined a single into right to get the game knotted at one.
In the third, the first four batters reached for Texas Tech and three scored as the Red Raiders opened up a 4-1 lead. Back-to-back walks to start the inning came around to score on a Jake Barrios base hit and an Eric Gutierrez double. Zach Davis capped the scoring with an RBI ground out.
TCU cut into the deficit with a run in the bottom of the third inning. Cody Jones led off the inning with a walk and moved to third on a Cron base hit. Derek Odell hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Jones with TCU's second run of the game.
Texas Tech responded in the fourth as it got the run back on a lead-off home run from Burleson, restoring its three-run lead, 5-2.
The Red Raiders went to the bullpen in the fourth. Jonny Drozd kept the Frogs off balance the remainder of the game. He faced five batters in an inning just once and allowed just three hits over six innings of work.
Texas Tech pushed across five more runs in the final four innings to account for the final score.
With the loss, TCU falls to 13-9 overall and 1-1 in Big 12 play. The rubber match of the series is set for Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. Tyler Alexander will make his sixth start of the season.