Texas Tech right-hander Dominic Moreno has received very little run support in his starts this year, losing three games without the Red Raiders scoring a single run.
But even an average to good day for the Tech offense on Friday wouldn’t have saved the Red Raiders, much less the anemic output they had against TCU ace left-hander Brandon Finnegan.
The Horned Frogs touched Moreno for five runs on six hits in just 31/3 innings, and No. 25 TCU routed No. 24 Texas Tech, 9-0, Friday night at Lupton Stadium.
The decisive factor for this weekends Texas Tech-TCU Big 12 Conference baseball series could be a simple one.
First one to five wins.
Both the Red Raiders (17-6, 1-2 in Big 12) and Horned Frogs (12-8, 0-0) are dominated by their pitching, Tech with a 2.90 ERA and TCU at 2.41. Both teams are hitting about the same, Tech at a .291 and TCU at .271.
For the most part, the TCU baseball team has continued to do in the Big 12 Conference what it was doing in the Mountain West that led to the most successful period in school history.
The Horned Frogs dominated the Conference USA and later the Mountain West upon head coach Jim Schlossnagle’s arrival in 2004, reaching a peak in 2012 with a run all the way to the College World Series.
Red Raiders went scoreless over the final six frames
For one of the few times this season, the Texas Tech baseball team can blame itself for a loss as much as the opponent.
After scoring three runs in the first three innings, the Red Raiders went scoreless over the final six frames and did so on just one hit, striking out five times by watching strike three, or not putting quality swings on first-pitch offerings from Stephen F. Austin relievers, and the result was a 6-3 loss to the Lumberjacks on Wednesday at Rip Griffin Park.
The Texas Tech baseball team dusted off its bats Tuesday night — figuratively and literally.
After waiting out a dust storm for more than 21/2 hours, the Red Raiders wasted no time in making it worth the wait, pounding out 17 hits while producing its biggest run total in more than two years with a 20-4 victory over Stephen F. Austin Tuesday night at Rip Griffin Park.
The high winds and dust that swept through Lubbock Tuesday afternoon forced postponements of some area athletic events.
The Coronado baseball team’s District 2-5A showdown against Midland was pushed back to Wednesday with a 5 p.m. first pitch. Frenship and San Angelo Lake View pushed the start of their 4-4A series opener to 6 p.m.
Pitching and defense win championships.
Hard to argue with that phrase. Seen it play out as the truth way too many times in college baseball to completely discount it. Coaches preach it. Players preach it. Both believe it. UCLA won a national championship with it last year.
But it comes with a caveat.
At some point, you gotta score some runs, too. Either that, or play so perfectly that the other team doesn’t score, either.