TCU's Rally Falls Short In 5-3 Loss To San Diego State
April 22, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The TCU Horned Frogs saw their rally fall a run short in a 5-3 loss to San Diego State Sunday afternoon. The loss brings the Frogs' nine game winning streak to an end.
Stefan Crichton (5-1) allowed four runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings of work. He walked one and struck out two. Travis Evans struck out the only two batters he faced. Justin Scharf gave up a run on a hit and a walk with a strikeout in 1 2/3 of an inning. Kaleb Merck walked one and hit a batter in 1/3 of an inning.
The Aztecs first two batters of the first inning reached base via a hit batter and an infield single. They made the most of their chances as they took an early 2-0 lead. Ryan Muno gave the Aztecs the lead with a bases-loaded single and Seby Zavala hit into a fielder's choice to push the lead to 2-0.
The Frogs had a golden opportunity to tie the game in the top of the third. Jantzen Witte and Jason Coats singled with one out and both were in scoring position with two outs after a balk. Aztec starter Ryan Doran maintained the SDSU lead with a pair of strikeouts to strand the runners.
Another threat in the top of the fifth went by the wayside as the Frogs stranded the tying run on third. Kyle Von Tungeln and Witte singled with one out. A ground out had runners on the corners, but again, Doran was able to come up with the pitches he needed, getting a lazy fly ball to center to end the inning.
San Diego State opened up a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth. Back-to-back doubles to open the inning by Muno and Jake Romanski made it a 3-1 game. John Spirk added an RBI single with one out to push the lead to three.
TCU got the two runs back in the top of the seventh as it pulled back within one, 4-3. Wright started the rally with a lead-off double. He was standing on third with two outs when Witte was plunked to put runners on the corners. Coats singled home Wright and Elander followed with an RBI single up the middle to make it a one-run ballgame.
The Aztecs got a huge insurance run in the eighth. Romanski started the two-out rally with a base hit. A hit batter and a walk loaded the bases and a wild pitch allowed the fifth run of the game to score for the Aztecs.
TCU falls to 23-14 overall and 11-4 in league play. The Frogs return home for another extended homestand as they will play eight straight beginning with a Tuesday night affair against national-ranked Texas A&M. First pitch against the Aggies is set for 6:30 p.m.