Late Rally by Tech Falls Short, Red Raiders Lose, 3-2

Texas Tech falls to TCU, 3-2 in program's first College World Series game

In the bottom of the first inning, TCU drew first blood when Boomer White brought in the leadoff man, Cody Jones with a sacrifice fly to center field for a 1-0 lead. Jones hit a leadoff double and was sacrificed over to third base to set up White.

For the next six innings both TCU’s Preston Morrison and Texas Tech’s Chris Sadberry threw up goose eggs.

Sadberry was solid through seven innings only allowing one earned run on three hits with 5 strikeouts.  Meanwhile, Morrison delivered a career-high 10 strikeouts, giving up one earned run on five hits in an impressive 7.1 innings. Relieved by Riley Ferrell with one out in the seventh inning, Tech’s offense came alive.

Stephen Smith singled up the middle and would see Zach Davis pinch-run for him while pinch-hitter Anthony Lyons was at the plate. Lyons doubled to left field to have runners in scoring position for Tyler Neslony who would bring them home with a triple crushed to the fence in right field giving the Red Raiders their first lead of the game, 2-1.

But the Horned Frogs came back after a wild throw to first base by Alec Humphreys allowed a runner to score from second base to tie the game, 2-2. TCU would reclaim the lead with a Boomer White double to score the go-ahead run in the bottom of the 8th inning.

Texas Tech would lose, 3-2. They will face the loser of Virginia/Ole Miss on Tuesday, 2 p.m. CST.

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