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Execution, defense propel Horned Frogs past Red Raiders, 4-0

Posted: April 22, 2014 - 9:23pm  |  Updated: April 23, 2014 - 12:13am
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ABILENE — Monday night at New Mexico, the Texas Tech baseball team struggled to drive runners in and lost by a run.

Tuesday night against Big 12 Conference opponent TCU in a non-conference affair, the Red Raiders struggled just to get runners in scoring position.

TCU used three sacrifice flies and a suicide squeeze to account for all four of its runs, and the Horned Frogs thwarted Tech with three double plays for a 4-0 win over the Red Raiders at Crutcher Scott Field.

“We hit the ball hard today and I thought we were seeing it well,” said right fielder Adam Kirsch, who accounted for two of Tech’s six hits in the game. “We didn’t swing at bad pitches, they were just right at people and it didn’t go our way. It’s real frustrating, especially when you get more hits, you should get more runs. They played a good game and beat us.”

Coupled with Monday’s loss at New Mexico, Tech (32-13) has lost back-to-back games for just the fourth time this season and the first time since March 19-20, the second game also a loss to TCU (27-13). The Red Raiders, however, have not lost more than three in a row at any point this season, possibly a good sign with a key Big 12 Conference series on tap starting Friday at Rip Griffin Park against Oklahoma.

“The biggest frustration for me was making these guys get on a bus and go to Albuquerque and then get back on a bus and go to Abilene the next day,” head coach Tim Tadlock said. “That one’s on me as far as that goes. But we’ll come back with better energy on Friday.”

What energy Tech had offensively was negated by TCU’s pitching and defense.

Starter Jordan Kipper (6-2) gave up four hits and struck out four in 6 2/3 scoreless innings, and relievers Alex Young and Trey Teakell followed suit with 21/3 innings of two-hit relief with one walk.

TCU’s offense was able to do what Tech’s wasn’t — get runners into scoring position and get them home, and none of the Frogs’ runs came on a hit.

The Frogs went up 1-0 in the second on a leadoff double by Kevin Cron and a one-out sacrifice fly by Jerrick Suiter. In the fifth, Suiter drew a leadoff walk from Tech reliever Jonny Drozd, stole second, went to third on a Garrett Crain grounder and scored on a suicide squeeze bunt by Keaton Jones to make it 2-0.

The lead swelled to 3-0 in the eighth on a leadoff single by Crain off Matt Withrow, a Jones sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly to center by Cody Jones.

“For awhile there I was curious how many runs can we score without getting a hit,” Schlossnagle said. “But it’s all about execution when you’re facing a good pitching staff like Tech’s and the same case this (past) weekend against Texas.”

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TCU 4, TEXAS TECH 0

TCU Texas Tech

Player ab r h bi Player ab r h bi

CJones cf 3 0 0 1 Hmphrys 2b 3 0 0 0

Odell 3b 4 0 0 0 Brdbnt ph 1 0 0 0

White lf 4 1 1 0 Davis cf 3 0 0 0

Cron 1b 4 1 1 0 Ritchie ph 1 0 1 0

Fitzgerald rf 2 0 0 1 Neslony lf 4 0 1 0

Suiter dh 2 1 0 0 Gutierrez 1b 4 0 0 0

Crain 2b 3 1 1 0 Kirsch rf 3 0 2 0

KJones ss 0 0 0 1 Long 3b 2 0 0 0

Bacak c 1 0 0 0 Burleson 2b 1 0 0 0

Redman c 3 0 1 0

Lyons dh 2 0 1 0

Barrios ph 0 0 0 0

Proudfoot ss 3 0 0 0

Totals 23 4 3 4 Totals 30 0 6 0

TCU 010 010 011 — 4 3 0

Texas Tech 000 000 00x — 0 6 0

DP — TCU 3. LOB — TCU 2, Texas Tech 4. 2B — Cron (12). SH — Fitzgerald (1), KJones 2(10), Bacak (10). SF — CJones (2), Fitzgerald (2), Suiter (1). SB — White (9), Suiter (2), Crain (1).

Pitching summaries

Pitcher ip h r er bb so

TCU

Kipper (W, 6-2) 62/3 4 0 0 0 4

Young 1/3 1 0 0 0 0

Teakell (S, 2) 2 1 0 0 1 0

Texas Tech

Taylor (L, 5-1) 4 1 1 1 1 2

Drozd 3 0 1 1 1 0

Withrow 0 1 1 1 0 0

Moreno 11/3 1 1 1 1 1

Damron 2/3 0 0 0 0 1

U — Carter, Johnston, Leible, Morris. T — 2:25. A — 1,437. Records: TCU 27-13, Texas Tech 32-13.

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