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Red Raider Hardball :: Texas Tech Falls to TCU, 11-2

Texas Tech (7-2) vs. TCU (6-1), Rice (5-4) and Houston (2-5)
Location: Minute Maid Park : Houston, TX
Radio: Affiliates
Date Start Time Texas Tech
Starting Pitcher
Starting Pitcher
3.5.10 12:00 p.m. Chad Bettis
L, 2-1)
Steven Maxwell-TCU
W, 3-0
L: 2-11
3.6.10 7:00 p.m. Bobby Doran
(0-0, 3.75)
3.7.10 2:30 p.m. TBA
LF - Michael Reed (Sr.); CF - Taylor Ashby (Sr.); RF - Barrett Barnes (Fr.)
SS - Joey Kenworthy (Sr.)     2ND - Garrett Totten (So.);
3RD - Nick Popescu (Jr.)                                  1ST - Stephen Hagen (Jr.)
C - Jeremy Mayo (So.)
DH - Scott LeJeune (So.)

*Click on the score for boxscore. Texas Tech series preview (pdf).

The Game: I'm short for time this morning, but Bettis had both a good and bad outing. The good: he struck out 9 batters. The bad: he gave up 11 hits and 7 earned runs (6.0 IP; 11 H; 7 ER; 2 BB; 9 SO). If there's anything that this game should teach us, it's that although I think the program is making improvements, it's still a ways away from being elite. TCU is an elite baseball school and I hope like heck that Spencer can take this group to that point, but the program isn't there quite yet. With that being said, the offense also struggled, managin only 7 hits for the game and 2 runs. RF Barrett Barnes (2-4; 1 RBI) and LF Michael Reed (2-4; 1 R) led the offense.

Recaps: LAJ's George Watson has the recap:

For the first two weeks of the season, the Texas Tech baseball team had been lucky enough that the mistakes it had made hadn’t cost it too much in terms of runs allowed or victories missed.

But No. 7 TCU jumped on every Red Raider miscue Friday and made them pay dearly.

The Horned Frogs touched starter Chad Bettis for five runs in the first three innings and seven over six, then put away an 11-2 victory with four runs against the Tech bullpen.

Bettis tied a career high with nine strikeouts, but also allowed 11 hits and walked a pair in suffering his first loss of the season.

"It just wasn’t my day today," said Bettis (2-1), who will face the same Horned Frogs on Friday to open a three-game series in Fort Worth. "I felt good, and the zone was a little tight, but that wasn’t the problem. They were seeing everything well, they’re good hitters and were waiting on the fastball. I’ve got to make some adjustments by next weekend."