Purke and Pharr Lead No. 7 TCU To 9-1 Victory
March 13, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas - A complete-game effort from freshman Matt Purke and two home runs from Jimmie Pharr guaranteed No. 7 TCU a series win over Texas Tech with a 9-1 victory Saturday afternoon. The victory is the Horned Frogs ninth straight at home and improves TCU to 11-2 on the season.
Purke was efficient and masterful in his first career complete game. The freshman limited the Red Raiders to one run on just four hits. He didn't walk a batter and tied his career-high with eight strikeouts. Texas Tech never sent more than four batters to the plate in the contest and the only run they scored was on a solo home run off the bat of Barrett Barnes. Purke faced the minimum in six of the nine innings and retired the final five batters he faced in the contest.
Offensively, the entire starting lineup collected at least one hit. Along with Pharr's two hits, Jerome Pena also collected two base hits to go along with an RBI. Matt Curry drove in two runs and Kyle Von Tungeln and Josh Elander also collected RBIs in the victory.
Michael Reed led off the contest with a single, but base running errors cost them a viable scoring threat. With one out and a runner on second, Joey Kenworthy grounded to Jantzen Witte at short. Reed tried to move to third, but Witte threw to third and they got Reed for the second out. Trying to move to second during the rundown, Kenworthy got caught between first and second and was tagged out for an unusual 6-5-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Pharr's first home run of the contest with two outs in the second inning put the Frogs on top 1-0.
Following the lead-off single, Purke retired nine straight batters and 11-of-12 to help preserve the 1-0 lead.
The bats heated up for the Frogs in the fourth inning as they picked up three runs on four hits to open up a 4-0 lead. Bryan Holaday led off the inning with a base hit up the middle. Curry and Elander smoked back-to-back triples to give the Frogs a 3-0 lead. Pena hit a bouncer through the right side to plate Elander with the third run of the inning.
After Barrett's home run to lead off the fifth inning, Purke sent down five in a row before Bonham Hough reached on a two-out error in the sixth. The error didn't hurt as Holaday gunned down Hough trying to steal second for the final out of the inning. Only one other Red Raider would reach base and that was a one-out single in the eighth by Stephen Hagen.
Offensively, the Frogs continued to pour it on as they added five more runs to their 4-1 lead. Von Tungeln led off the fifth with a base hit and moved to second on an error in the outfield. A walk to Holaday and a bunt single from Jason Coats loaded the bases with nobody out. Curry hit a sacrifice fly to plate von Tungeln and a passed ball allowed Holaday to score to make it a 6-1 contest.
In the sixth, Pena led off the inning with a base hit and moved to second on an Aaron Schultz sacrifice. Witte's lone hit of the game put runners on the corners and the duo executed a double steal to score the seventh run of the game. On the play, Witte moved to third on an errant throw by the catcher and scored a ground out from von Tungeln.
Pharr's second home run of the game to lead off the eighth accounted for the final score.
TCU improves to 11-2 on the season. The Horned Frogs will go for the series sweep Sunday afternoon. Kyle Winkler will start for the Frogs with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. at Lupton Stadium.