The Houston Cougars shattered the Texas Tech Red Raiders' eight-game win streak and 9-0 Friday in the first game of the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park.
Texas Tech (8-2) struggled offensively against Houston (8-0) ace Aaron Garza.
"He really pitched away quite a bit. When guys got on base he really mixed well and we've seen that before, but we struggled with it today."
Garza left the game one out away from the complete game shutout. The Red Raiders produced six hits and placed two more on via hit-by-pitch, but Tech was unable to get into scoring position until the eighth inning when sophomore Zach Davis advanced to second on a groundout.
Tech held Houston's lead to 1-0 until the seventh inning when the Cougars blasted the Red Raider bullpen for eight runs.
"We got some guys some rest today who will be ready to go tomorrow and you know Dalton (Brown) won't be able to go tomorrow, but you've got a couple of left handers ready to go tomorrow. Actually, three of them and still got some other right handers down there."
Brown gave up four runs on two hits and two walks in 1.2 innings. Sophomore Matt Custred replaced him, but was blasted for three runs and left the game without producing an out. Freshman Sean Thompson made his collegiate debut finishing up the ballgame. Thompson allowed two hits including a two-run homer off the bat of Ashford Fulmer.
Tadlock said playing in Minute Maid Park may have had something to do with the Red Raiders rough day.
"I said it earlier today. It might have something to do with the environment." Tadlock said. "In a big league ballpark, everyone wants to go get the fastball."
Texas Tech will now have to put the shutout behind them and concentrate on Sam Houston State. The Red Raiders have done well on Saturdays with a 3-0 record outscoring opponents 23-9.
Tadlock is ready to put the past behind him and concentrate on improving.
"So far we've been okay. We've got work to do though."
The Red Raiders will continue the Houston College Classic Saturday against Sam Houston State with first pitch set for 12:05.
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