ABILENE, Texas – No. 21 Texas Tech out hit No. 15 TCU, but it was the Horned Frogs who manufactured all four of its runs during a 4-0 shutout over the Red Raiders on Tuesday evening at Crutcher Scott Field in Abilene during a non-conference contest in front of 1,437 fans.
It marked the first time in school history that the Red Raiders (32-13) have faced a league opponent in non-conference play. The Horned Frogs (27-13) evened the season series with Tech after the Red Raiders took two of three in Fort Worth earlier this season.
TCU used seven sacrifices – four sac bunts and three sac flies – and only three base hits to score all four of its runs. In fact, TCU scored three runs on sac flies and one run on a suicide sacrifice squeeze bunt.
Horned Frogs starting pitcher Jordan Kipper (6-2) earned the win going 6.2 scoreless innings giving up four hits with four strikeouts. Tech starter Corey Taylor (5-1) suffered his first loss of the season despite a strong outing going four innings allowing just one run on one hit with two strikeouts and a walk.
TCU first baseman Kevin Cron doubled to lead off the second inning and later scored on a sacrifice fly by designated hitter Jerrick Suiter to give TCU a 1-0 lead.
Tech reliever Jonny Drozd walked Suiter to start the fourth and after stealing second base and moving to third on a groundout to shortstop Tim Proudfoot, Suiter scored on a perfectly executed suicide squeeze bunt by shortstop Keaton Jones giving TCU a 2-0 lead.
TCU added insurance runs in the eighth and ninth innings – both coming on sacrifice flies.
Tech had five players with a base hit in the game while senior right fielder Adam Kirsch was the only Red Raider with multiple hits going 2-for-3 with a pair of singles.
Tech used four relievers in the game while Drozd (3.0 IP), sophomore Matt Withrow (0.0 IP), junior Dominic Moreno (1.1 IP) and freshman Ty Damron (0.2 IP) all saw action.
The Red Raiders will return to Big 12 play this weekend hosting Oklahoma for a three-game series, Apr. 25-27, at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park. The series opener is set for Friday at 6:37 p.m., the middle game of the series is at 12:02 p.m. on Saturday and the series will conclude on Sunday with a 2:07 p.m. first pitch.
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