Texas Tech loses 3-2 to Horned Frogs in CWS debut

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 15, 2014 at 10:33 pm •  Published: June 15, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Good things usually happen for Texas Tech when closer Jonny Drozd takes the ball.

But the Red Raiders ran up against the nation's hottest team in close games, and not even Drozd could stop Big 12 rival TCU on Sunday.

The previously unbeaten Drozd gave up Boomer White's go-ahead single in the eighth inning, and the Red Raiders lost 3-2 in their first appearance at the College World Series.

Drozd had entered the game with a 2-1 lead after starter Chris Sadberry limited the Horned Frogs to three hits in seven innings.

"Of course, now we can go hindsight and go, 'Why didn't we leave him in, right?' Had to listen to the dumb manager," Tech coach Tim Tadlock said. "But we had decided really before we scored the runs, very rarely do these guys go past 100 pitches. He's right at 100."

Texas Tech (45-20) will play Mississippi, a 2-1 loser to Virginia on Sunday night, in an elimination game Tuesday. TCU (48-16), the No. 7 national seed, will play Virginia.

"It's a tough, tough way to lose your first game up here," Tadlock said. "At the same time, we won't look back, and we'll get ready to go on Tuesday."

Big 12 pitcher of the year Preston Morrison made TCU's 1-0 lead hold up until the eighth inning, striking out a career-high 10 and allowing five singles. TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle called on closer Riley Ferrell (3-1) after Morrison gave up a sharply hit single to Stephen Smith. Anthony Lyons followed with a pinch-hit single, and then Tyler Neslony tripled to the right-field wall for a 2-1 Tech lead.

"I knew once we got a couple runs... I mean, we have the utmost confidence ever in Jonny," Neslony said. "So it gave us a little momentum, but that's about it."

Drozd (7-1) came on and immediately gave up a single to Keaton Jones. Jones scored from second when second baseman Alec Humphreys, who had just entered the game, overthrew first after stopping Cody Jones' grounder up the middle. Jones went to second on the play and came home on White's two-out base hit to left.

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