Baylor Hands TCU 7-1 Loss
Feb. 21, 2012
WACO, Texas - A combination of three Baylor Bear pitchers held TCU's offense in check and handed the Horned Frogs a 7-1 loss Tuesday night at Baylor Ballpark. Josh Gonzales and Braden Mattson each pick up their first career hits.
Brandon Finnegan (0-1) tossed two innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits. He walked two, hit a batter and struck out one. Trey Teakell was touched for a run on three hits in three innings. Kevin Allen struck out two, walked two and allowed a hit in his 2/3 of inning of work. Justin Scharf struck out two and allowed one hit in 1 1/3 innings. Chris Murphy and Jerrick Suiter pitched a four-run Baylor eighth inning.
The Bears pushed across single runs in each of the first two innings to open up a 2-0 lead. Two hits and a walk in the first inning set the stage for Logan Vick's sacrifice fly that gave Baylor a 1-0 lead. Finnegan got out of the jam, getting Dan Evatt to ground out to end the inning.
In the second, the Bears pushed across an unearned run courtesy of a passed ball. Jake Miller led off the inning and Finnegan loaded the bases with two out on a walk and a hit by pitch. His offering to Max Muncy ricocheted off of Elander's shin guard to allow the second run of the game to cross the plate.
TCU had a chance to push across runs in the second inning as Zac Jordan worked a two-out walk and Davy Wright was plunked on the back to put two. Baylor starter Trent Blank worked out of the jam, getting a ground ball to end the inning.
Baylor added another two out run to open up a 3-0 advantage in the fifth. Lawton Langford led off the inning with a double and scored on a base hit off the bat of Cal Towey.
The Bears threatened to dent the scoreboard once again in the sixth inning as they loaded the bases with two outs on a hit and two walks. Scharf came on and got Muncy to fly out to end the inning.
Baylor broke the game open with four runs on three hits, three walks and a hit by pitch in the eighth inning. The big blow was a two-run single off the bat of Josh Ludy.
The Frogs' lone run came in the top of the ninth as Josh Elander worked a lead-off walk and Braden Mattson followed with single up the middle. A wild pitch moved both runners up 90 feet and Zac Jordan hit a sacrifice fly to break up the shut out.
TCU falls to 1-2 on the season. The Frogs will wrap up a four-game road swing with a trip to Cal State Fullerton. The three-game series is slated to begin at 9 p.m. on Friday night from Goodwin Field.