#4 TCU Opens League Play With 13-6 Win Over BYU
March 18, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas - An offensive explosion by the No. 4 TCU Horned Frogs propelled them to a 13-6 victory over BYU in league action Thursday night. Every member of the batting order tallied a hit, led by three from Aaron Schultz. Matt Curry drove in four runs and tallied his sixth home run of the season. On the mound, Steven Maxwell improved to 4-0.
TCU racked up 17 hits in the contest, seven of which went for extra bases. Along with Schultz's three hits, Jerome Pena, Jason Coats, Jimmie Pharr, Taylor Featherston and Kyle Von Tungeln all notched multi-hit contests.
On the mound, three TCU pitchers combined to strike out 13 Cougars while walking just two. Maxwell allowed six runs (five earned) on 11 hits. He walked one and struck out seven to earn his fourth win of the season. Paul Gerrish tossed three scoreless frames, surrendering two hits, a walk and striking out four. Walker Kelly retired all three batters he faced in the ninth, including two strike outs.
The Frogs jumped out to the early lead in the bottom of the first and never looked back. Pena led off the inning with a double. After a walk to Bryan Holaday, the Cougars committed back-to-back errors, giving TCU a 1-0 lead. Josh Elander made it 2-0 with a sacrifice fly.
A five-run second inning by TCU broke the game open. Schultz doubled to open the inning and scored on a von Tungeln base hit. With two on and two out, Curry launched a Justin Shutt offering over the right-field fence to give the Frogs a 6-0 lead. Following the home run, Elander singled, stole second and scored on a base knock by Pharr.
Maxwell pitched around a pair of one-out hits in the third, fanning the final two batters of the inning to keep the Frogs in control, 7-0.
Another three runs scored in the bottom of the third to give TCU a commanding 10-0 lead. Von Tungeln doubled with one out, stole second and scored on a two-out hit by Holaday. Coats followed with his fourth home run of the season.
BYU cracked the scoreboard in the fourth inning, scoring a run on a lead-off home run from Ryan Bernal. The Cougars went on to add five more runs on four hits in the fifth inning to pull within four, 10-6.
The Frogs increased their breathing room in the sixth inning, scoring a run on a pair of hits. Featherston doubled ahead of a run-scoring single from Schultz to make it an 11-6 contest.
Gerrish came on in the sixth and retired the first five batters he faced before two infield singles and a walk loaded the bases for the Cougars. He escaped without allowing any runs as he got Sean McNaughton to strike out to end the inning.
Four hits in the eighth inning turned into two more runs for the Horned Frogs as they built their lead to 13-6. Featherston singled and stole second with one out. Schultz drove him home with a base hit up the middle. Brance Rivera doubled and scored on Pena's second hit of the night.
Kelly retired the side in the ninth to lock up the victory. TCU improves to 14-2 on the season. The Frogs and the Cougars will square off in game two of the series on Friday night at Lupton Stadium. Matt Purke will toe the rubber for the Frogs and face the Cougars' Matthew Neil. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m.