Red Raiders fall to TCU

How appropriate that Pitching Coach Travis Walden is featured on the Tech game program for the TCU series. Game 1 focused on Tech pitching, from the highs to the lows. Dallas Braden was scratched from the start because of a sore arm and was replaced by Steven Thomas. Although Thomas got in trouble in the second inning, giving up two runs and got out of a bases loaded 1 out jam in the sixth with a 1 to 2 to 3 double play, he had a very good outing.

After TCU plated 2 runs in the second inning, the Red Raiders scored 1 in the third when Cody Fuller bunted and reached first base, knocking over the TCU first baseman in the process. Fuller stole second and scored on a Cameron Blair single.

In the fourth, the Tech momentum continued when Josh Brady singles, steals second and scores on a Michael Mask double into the left field corner. David Steffey hits a grounder deep into the hole at shortstop, who's subsequent throw pulls the TCU first baseman off of the bag. Ryan Andrews than hits the ball hard off of the left field wall driving Mask home and Steffey to third. Steffey scores when Fuller hits a grounder that the shortstop mishandles. 4-2 Tech.

The game remains 4-2 and Tech pitcher Thomas is replaced by Madison Edwards at the beginning of the seventh and he breezes through the inning giving up only a walk. In the top of the eighth, Edwards gives up a bunt with one out and is replaced by Tanner McElroy. He proceeds to easily get out of the inning.

Than comes the top of the ninth inning. McElroy who was virtually unhittable in the eighth gives up a single, a double, and a homer to the first three batters. Adam Fry comes in to pitch but the onslaught continues with a TCU triple and a double. Coach Walden quickly replaces Fry with Barrett Pliler. With no outs and a runner on second, Pliler managed an amazing feat. He got three outs with two pitches. On the first pitch Tech managed to convert a slow roller down third base line into an out at third. With a runner at first, Pliler's next pitch was a grounder for a double play.

Going into the bottom of the ninth, 6-4 TCU. Tech wasn't giving up yet. One thing about this years team, they don't quit. With two outs Cameron Blair hits a ball to third and the throw to the first baseman pulls him off the bag. The next batter, Jose Delgado, gets hit by a pitch. That brings Josh Brady to the plate. The Raiders couldn't hope for more. A well executed double steal puts runners on second and third. A single should tie the game and a homerun wins it. But this just wasn't Tech's day. Brady goes down swinging.

A 6-4 win for TCU in a game that Tech simply let get away.

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