Texas Tech Baseball Hammers TCU, 10-2

Texas Tech evened up its three-game series against TCU with a 10-2 rout Saturday in Fort Worth. The Red Raiders will try to take the series 1 p.m. Sunday.

Texas Tech snapped a two-game losing
streak Saturday with a 10-2 victory over the TCU Horned Frogs at Lupton Stadium in Fort Worth.

The Red Raiders (18-7, 2-3) scored in six different frames including a three-run third inning which propelled Tech to the win.

TCU struck first on a wild pitch from the arm of Tech starter Cameron Smith allowing Kevin Cron to cross the plate. Smith would allow another run in the third on a Derek Odell sacrifice fly to score Cody Jones.

Smith finished the first three innings allowing three hits and three walks in addition to the two earned runs.

After a 9-0 loss Friday, the Red Raider bats cranked up early and often. Junior infielder Bryant Burleson cracked his first career home run to lead off the fifth inning. The second baseman spoke about his trot.

"It felt nice actually. I hit it and I didn't think it was gone off the bat, so I just took off and got to second and heard everyone cheering, so I figured it got out, so I slowed down a little bit after that."

The solo shot over the left field wall put the Red Raiders up 5-2. Tech scored their first run of the series in the second inning with Zach Davis crossing home on a Todd Ritchie RBI single to right. The Red Raiders would follow up in the third with runs from Ryan Long, Stephen Smith and Jake Barrios on two walks, two hits and an RBI groundout. Tech would bring in more runs scoring twice in the seventh and ninth and once in the eighth.

Burleson said it was nice to get to a good pitcher such TCU starter Preston Morrison.

"That pitcher is good and has been good all year. I think he pitched well against us last year, so he's a good arm, but we came out and he was a little wild at first, so we stuck with our approach and got some hits to fall."

Morrison (L, 2-3) lasted just two innings and was taken out in the third after surrendering four earned runs on six hits and two walks. The relief struggled too. The Horned Frog bullpen allowed six earned runs on nine hits and five walks.

Tech's bullpen was just the opposite, going with the same guy for six shutout innings. Senior LHP Jonny Drozd (W, 2-0) came in after three innings from Smith and slammed the door shut. Drozd struck out four while allowing three hits and one walk. He also hit two batters.

"Jonny did a good job pitching ahead in the count throwing the change-up and the breaking ball when he needed to," Tadlock said. "I thought he was outstanding today."

Texas Tech and TCU will square off once more Sunday. Tadlock said Chris Sadberry, who was slated to start Saturday, is the current probable starter. There is a chance Sadberry (2-1, 2.45 ERA) will not get the nod though. LHP Tyler Alexander (3-1, 1.59 ERA) is the probable starter for the Horned Frogs.

First pitch is set for 1 p.m..

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