TCU Shuts Out Texas Tech 9-0 in Game 1

The Red Raiders dropped to 1-3 in Big 12 play after a 9-0 loss in Game 1 on Friday in Fort Worth. Tech can still win the series with victories Saturday and Sunday.

Brandon Finnegan pitched a complete game
shutout leading TCU to a 9-0 victory over the Texas Tech Red Raiders Friday night.

Tech (17-7, 1-3) mustered up just four hits against Finnegan (4-2) and posted six base runners.

Tech head coach Tim Tadlock gave credit to the TCU ace.

"I thought Finnegan was awful good. (Finnegan's) stuff is awful good. I think he's just a true Friday night guy."

It was a night to forget for the Red Raiders. Other than Finnegan's stellar performance, the TCU offense opened up conference play swinging.

The Horned Frogs (13-8, 1-0) posted 12 hits, drew six walks and produced two runners via hit-by-pitch. The wheels came undone for Tech starter Dominic Moreno (1-4) in the fourth inning.

Moreno surrendered four earned runs in the fourth in addition another in the third. The ace would not last the inning, finishing his night after producing eight outs. In 23 batters faced, Moreno allowed 12 on base including four extra base hits.

Tadlock said it was not a good night for the scarlet and black.

"Our guy had a bad night. It was just a bad night all around."

The only Red Raider to find his way on base more than once was Hunter Redman, who batted ninth in the lineup. Redman finished the night 1-for-2 with a walk.

This one seems to be a head scratcher for the Texas Tech head coach.

"I'm still trying to figure that one out," Tadlock said while standing at the top of the dugout. "That's why I'm just kind of still standing here. Sometimes you got to step back and kind of evaluate exactly what happened. Really, I thought our effort was real good."

Texas Tech will try to regroup Saturday. LHP Chris Sadberry (2-1, 2.45 ERA) is currently the probable starter, but Tadlock said there is a possibility that is not the case. During a follow-up question, Tadlock stated he was not in a position to comment why.

With the assumption Sadberry will take the mound, he will face RHP Preston Morrison (2-2, 1.54 ERA).

The man in charge plans on making a few adjustments tomorrow, but those may come with the same personnel who started Friday.

"Yeah," Tadlock responded to a question about adjustments. "Try to score some runs and win."

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