TCU Drops Slugfest to Texas Tech, 17-11
March 5, 2002
LUBBOCK, Texas - Despite outhitting Texas Tech 16-15, TCU was not able to overcome Tech's seven-run first inning in a 17-11 loss to the Red Raiders Tuesday evening at Dan Law Field. The setback was TCU's fifth of the year and eighth-straight overall at the hands of Tech.
TCU (6-8) helped pave the way for Texas Tech's seven-run outburst in the first by walking the first four Red Raider batters of the game. Horned Frog starter Ryan Grafe (Austin, Texas/Lanier/Eastfield J.C.) walked the first three, all of which went on to score, to pick his first loss of the season. Tech's seven runs in the frame came on five walks, an error, a wild pitch and just two hits.
The Frogs notched a pair of runs in the second to cut the deficit to 7-2, but Texas Tech scored two in the third and four in the fourth to take a commanding 13-2 lead.
TCU cut into the lead again in the fifth, scoring three runs with a solo home run from Will Lewis (Texarkana, Ark./Texarkana/Seminole J.C.), an RBI triple off the bat of Jake Duncan (Marshall, Texas/Marshall/U. of Texas) and an run-scoring single from Walter Olmstead (San Antonio, Texas/MacArthur), making the score 13-5. Lewis' dinger was his team-leading fourth of the season.
But Texas Tech (14-7) responded again, raking in two more runs in the bottom of the fifth and another in the sixth to claim a 16-5 lead.
After TCU head coach Lance Brown substituted for the entire Horned Frog lineup in the seventh, the backup unit made things interesting in the eighth, stringing together six singles and scoring six runs to get within five runs at 16-11.
However, the Raiders thwarted the Frogs' comeback again, grabbing a final tally in the bottom of the eighth and putting TCU away in the ninth to end the game.
TCU looks to end its eight-game skid to the Raiders in a 3 p.m. contest Wednesday afternoon at Dan Law Field. The game will be the finale of a six-game season series between the two clubs.