By: Scott Lacefield - Associate Director/Athletics Communications
FORT WORTH, Texas – No. 25 Texas Tech evened its three-game series with No. 24 TCU following a 10-2 victory on Saturday afternoon behind 15 base hits and six scoreless relief innings from senior Jonny Drozd in front of 4,028 fans at Lupton Stadium.
Texas Tech (18-7, 2-3 Big 12) snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Horned Frogs (13-9, 1-1 Big 12) in games played in Fort Worth, which dates back to 2005.
The Red Raiders had eight players score runs, 10 players record a base hit and eight players post an RBI in the game-two victory.
Tech plated runs in 6-of-9 innings while Drozd (2-0) was dominating out of the bullpen throwing six scoreless innings allowing just three hits and one walk with four strikeouts.
It marked the second time in his career to pitch five-plus innings out of the bullpen to earn a win in Big 12 play (5.1 IP, at Texas in 2013). The last time a Tech pitcher threw six innings in relief to earn the win in Big 12 play was in 2004 (Corey Gerstner, at No. 12 Nebraska).
TCU starting pitcher Preston Morrison (2-3) took the loss giving up four runs and six hits in just two innings while allowing two walks.
Tech was led offensively by several players, including right fielder Adam Kirsch (3-for-4, 2 doubles), designated hitter Zach Davis (2-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBI), second baseman Bryant Burleson (2-for-4, home run, RBI) and catcher Tyler Floyd (2-for-5, RBI).
TCU scored in the bottom of the first inning to take an early lead, 1-0. Tech answered on a two-out RBI single to right field by left fielder Todd Ritchie in the top of the second inning.
The Red Raiders took the lead for good with three runs in the third inning, which included run scoring plays from Jake Barrios’ RBI single through the left side, Eric Gutierrez’ run-scoring double down the left field line and from Davis’ RBI ground out to the shortstop.
Burleson hit his first career home run – a solo shot deep over the left field wall – in the fourth inning giving Tech a 5-2 advantage.
Tech starting pitcher Cameron Smith earned a no decision pitching out of a jam in the first inning while leaving two Horned Frogs in scoring position and exited after three innings pitched where he threw 65 pitches. Smith allowed two runs on three hits with three walks in his second start and 10th appearance of the season.
The Red Raiders added a pair of runs in the sixth and also two runs in the eighth while sending eight batters to the plate in both of those innings.
Drozd allowed only two TCU players to reach scoring position – both at second base – during his six relief innings. He held the Horned Frogs to 0-for-10 batting with runners on base and 0-for-6 at the plate with two outs.
Texas Tech and TCU will play the rubber game of the Big 12 series on Sunday, Mar. 23 at 1 p.m. from Lupton Stadium. The game will be televised on FOX Sports Southwest Plus with Chuck LaMendola and Ben Carruthers calling the action.