Texas Tech Takes Series From TCU

Bryant Burleson (left) and Ryan Long

Junior second baseman Bryant Burleson drove in five runs to help Tech to a 12-2 rout of TCU at Lupton Field on Sunday. The win gave the Red Raiders a 2-1 series victory and evened up their Big 12 record at 3-3.

Bryant Burleson batted in five runs
and scored once on two doubles to lead Texas Tech to a 12-2 victory over TCU at Lupton Stadium in Fort Worth Sunday.

The junior second baseman said his performance was nice, but focused on the fact his team took two games out of a three-game road series.

"It was a great feeling, especially on the road here at TCU. They're a good program. (They) always have a good program, so to come here and get two, that's big."

Nine different Red Raiders (19-7, 3-3) crossed home plate and seven Tech players produced hits. It wasn't that way the whole game though. TCU (13-10, 1-2) starter Tyler Alexander (L, 3-2) mowed down the Red Raiders in the first four innings allowing no hits and just one walk.

Stephen Smith led off the fifth with a single up the middle. Two bunt singles later and the Red Raiders had the bases loaded. Tech would finish the fifth inning with a 4-1 lead.

One inning later, Tech put up five runs including a three-run double to left-center from Burleson. The Horned Frogs would use three pitchers in the inning including Jordan Kipper, who tossed three wild pitches, which led to a pair of Tech runs.

The Horned Frogs would quiet down the Red Raiders for two innings, but Tech mustered up three insurance runs in the ninth.

Tech head coach Tim Tadlock said performing in key situations was a big reason the Red Raiders won.

"I thought we executed really well at certain points in the game and got some big hits with men in scoring position."

Redshirt junior LHP Chris Sadberry started the game for Tech. He allowed Boomer White to knock in Dylan Fitzgerald on an RBI single to right in the first. After the score, Sadberry tossed four scoreless innings before giving way to the bullpen.

Corey Taylor was the first of two relief pitchers. Taylor inherited runners at the corners in the sixth inning. Before Taylor tossed a pitch, he picked off Fitzgerald at first base. The junior from Kennedale, Texas would finish off the inning without allowing the runner at third, Cody Jones, to score.

Taylor finished the day with three shutout innings allowing two hits and a walk. Freshman Ryan Moseley closed the game in a non-save situation. Moseley allowed TCU to score in the ninth on a Dylan Delso RBI single to bring in Jeremie Fagnan.

After starting conference play with six road games, the Red Raiders will take a .500 record back to Rip Griffin Park. Tech will play a two-game non-conference midweek series against Arkansas-Pine Bluff before hosting rival No.15 Texas.

Tadlock is not satisfied with his team, but he believes they're on the right path.

"Good teams don't take a whole lot of pitches off and we're not by any means a finished product, but we're getting there."

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