Durazo's Heroics Save Tech

HOUSTON--Senior catcher <b>Willie Durazo</b> blasted a game-winning solo home run in the bottom of the 10th inning as Tech downed Texas Christian 2-1 in the opening game of the Astros College Classic at Enron Field.

Durazo, who transferred to Tech from Northern Iowa at the beginning of the semester, laced the first pitch he saw from TCU's Aaron Tims (0-1), a former Raider, into the first row of seats in right field to end the game.

The win improves the Raiders' record to 6-1 heading into their second game of the tournament vs. Louisiana-Lafayette at 9 a.m tomorrow.

Durazo's shot gave Tech starter Chris Phillips his second straight complete-game victory. Phillips (2-0) went all 10 innings, allowing one unearned run on six hits and two walks, one intentional, with seven strikeouts.

Tech's other run came on a two-out, solo homer by junior outfielder Jon Slack, his second of the season, tying the game at 1-1.

After two scoreless innings, TCU struck first. With one out, Marshall Wilson went all the way to third on a throwing error by Tech third baseman Bryon Smith. Wilson scored on a bunt single by Levi Robinson to give the Horned Frogs (0-1) a 1-0 lead.

Despite two errors in the game, Tech's defense actually kept the game close. Chris Meeks led off the game with an infield single but was erased on one of two Tech double plays. The second of those ended TCU's third-inning threat as Rudy Ontiveros hit into the twin-killing with the bases loaded.

The Tech offense, however, found it tough for the second time in three games to solve the opponents' pitching. TCU starter Clayton Jerome held Tech to just the Slack homer and three hits total with no walks and two strikeouts.

The Raiders threatened to add more to their run total after Slack's homer. Scooter Jordan doubled and Jerome hit Austin Cranford and Nick Blankenship, who saw his first action in the field after spending the first six games of the season at designated hitter while nursing a sore elbow. But Smith popped up to end the inning.

Tims, who pitched at Tech during the 2000 season, proceeded to retire eight of the first nine batters he faced, allowing only a walk to Slack that was erased when the Tech left fielder was caught stealing.

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