TCU baseball blows 4-run lead, loses series finale to Texas Tech 8-7

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    Despite scoring seven runs, TCU blew a four-run lead as the Horned Frogs lost to Texas Tech 8-7 in Lubbock Sunday.

    The Frogs took a 7-3 lead in the 6th inning after an explosive third inning that saw a Jantzen Witte sacrifice fly and a Paul Hendrix three-run home run. Keaton Jones contributed a run with a fielder's choice in the fifth and a Witte double to left scored another run in the sixth.

    In the bottom of the sixth, however, TCU's pitching began to fall apart.

    Stefan Crichton entered the sixth as the new relief pitcher, only to give up a walk to Brennan Moore and a single to Tim Proudfoot. Travis Evans replaced Crichton on the hill, striking out one and allowing a sacrifice bunt before Bryant Burleson hit a two-run RBI double to center. After Justin Scharf came in to relieve TCU, Burleson scored on an Eric Gutierrez single, changing the score to a 7-6 TCU lead.

    Scharf held the Red Raiders' bats down for another inning before Alex Young came in to relieve him for the eighth. Texas Tech capitalized on the freshman, as Brett Bell walked to start the inning, followed by a Devon Conley double. After a fielder's choice, Gutierrez brought in the go-ahead runs with a double down the left field line.

    It would be enough, as TCU would reach on a error, strike out twice and fly out to end the game.

    With the loss, TCU snaps a two-game winning streak. The Frogs have a nine-game homestead coming up next, with a two-game series against UT-Pan American up next. First pitch Tuesday is set for 6:30.