TCU’s Rally Falls Short In 3-1 Loss
May 1, 2016
FORT WORTH – No. 6 TCU saw its ninth-inning rally come up short in a 3-1 loss to No. 10 Texas Tech Sunday afternoon at Lupton Stadium.
TCU had the games’ first opportunity to crack the scoreboard in the first. Austen Wade worked a lead-off walk and Cam Warner doubled off the wall to put two in scoring position. Texas Texas pitched out of the jam, leaving the bases loaded.
The Red Raiders capitalized on their first chance to get on the board in the third. A lead-off walk followed by a double had two on with nobody out. Hunter Hargrove grounded out to give the Red Raiders a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, Eric Gutierrez hit a sacrifice fly to make it a 2-0 game.
Texas Tech added another run in the fifth. With runners on the corners and two out, a wild pitch allowed Tech’s third run of the game to score.
TCU cracked the scoreboard in the sixth. Elliott Barzilli led off the frame with a double. On a ball in the dirt, Barzilli took third and he scored easily when the catcher’s throw down to third sailed into left field.
In the ninth, tried to rally with two outs. Connor Wanhanen worked a walk and moved to third on a pinch-hit double off the bat of Ryan Merrill to put the tying run on second, but the Red Raiders third pitcher of the inning got a fly out to end the game.
Sean Wymer and Durbin Feltman pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Rex Hill (2-3).
Stat of the Game
16,814 – TCU posted the second-largest series attendance total in stadium history. It was the largest series attendance in the regular series.
• The three game series attendance of 16,814 ranks second all-time and is a regular season record.
• TCU was held under two runs for just the fifth time this season.
• TCU played flawless defense for the 15th time this season.
• Luken Baker have reached base safely in 14 straight games.
• Connor Wanhanen has reached base safely in 10 straight.
• Dane Steinhagen stretched his hitting streak to six games.
• Josh Watson and Dane Steinhagen have reached base safely in six straight.
TCU falls to 30-12 overall and 11-7 in Big 12 play. The Horned Frogs return to action Friday night at Penn State. First pitch against the Nittany Lions is set for 5:30 p.m. (CT).
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