OMAHA, Neb.(Texas Tech Press Release) – No. 7 Texas Tech took a one-run lead over No. 2 TCU in the top of the eighth but then saw the Horned Frogs score two in the bottom of the inning to secure a 3-2 victory on Sunday in the opening round of the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in front of a CWS game three attendance record 24,587 fans.
Texas Tech (45-20) had its three-game NCAA Tournament win streak snapped while TCU (48-16) defeated Tech for the third time in five meetings this year. It marked the first-ever meeting between these schools in the NCAA Tournament.
Tech reliever Jonny Drozd (7-1) suffered his first loss of the season allowing a pair of runs in the eighth on three hits and one infield throwing error that allowed the tying run to score. TCU scored the eventual game-winning run on a two-out RBI single to left field by TCU left fielder Boomer White.
TCU reliever Riley Ferrell (3-1) earned the win tossing 1.2 innings allowing a run on three hits with two strikeouts.
Trailing 1-0 after seven innings, Red Raider freshman right fielder Stephen Smith singled up the middle with one out. Tech pinch hitter Anthony Lyons singled to left field sending pinch runner Zach Davis to third base giving Tech a pair of runners in scoring position.
Tech left fielder Tyler Neslony gave the Red Raiders the lead with a two-run triple off the right field wall scoring Davis and Lyons to give Tech a 2-1 lead. Neslony has now reached base safely in 37 consecutive games.
The Red Raiders were led offensively by Neslony (1-for-4, 2 RBI) and senior designated hitter Adam Kirsch, who was the only Tech player that posted a multi-hit game going 2-for-4.
Red Raider starting pitcher Chris Sadberry took a no decision pitching seven innings allowing a run on three hits with five strikeouts and two walks.
TCU starting pitcher Preston Morrison had a no decision pitching 7.1 innings allowing one run on five hits with a career-high 10 strikeouts and two walks allowed.
Texas Tech will play an elimination game on Tuesday, June 17 against the loser of No. 1 Virginia and No. 4 Ole Miss at 2 p.m. at TD Ameritrade Park on ESPN2.