No. 5 TCU Rallies For 5-4 Extra-Inning Win Over Baylor
April 27, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas - The fifth-ranked TCU Horned Frogs needed a ninth-inning rally to tie the game and Joe Weik delivered the game-winning RBI with a sacrifice fly in the 10th to give TCU a 5-4 win over Baylor. The Frogs had to overcome 14 men left on base to tally their second come-from-behind victory in the last three games.
After falling behind 4-3 in the sixth inning, the Frogs watched multiple opportunities to tie the game go by the wayside. In each of the sixth, seventh and eighth innings the Frogs had runners in scoring position, but couldn't get the hit to tie the game. The Bears luck of getting out of jams finally ran out as the Frogs rallied in the ninth to tie the game at four.
Matt Curry worked a one-out walk and gave way to pinch runner Kyle Von Tungeln. Josh Elander followed with a single and Bears' closer Brooks Pinckard (1-2) uncorked a wild pitch to move both runners up 90 feet. Pinckard got a big out for the second out of the inning, but walked Jerome Pena to load the bases. Aaron Schultz worked the count to 3-1 before taking a pitch off the ribcage to drive in the tying run.
The Bears made noise in the top of the tenth with a one-out double and a two-out hit batsman. TCU went to the bullpen for the second time in the game and called on Matt Purke (7-0). The freshman needed just two pitches to retire Josh Ludy, setting up the Frogs' 10th-inning walk-off victory.
Pinckard continued to be wild on the mound as he plunked Brance Rivera and Bryan Holaday to lead off the inning. Jason Coats laid down a perfect bunt to put the winning run on third base. Weik did the job, driving the ball to deep left center. Even though the Bears caught the ball for the out, it was deep enough for Rivera to score the winning run.
Paul Gerrish was solid in the start for TCU. He allowed four runs on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings of work. Gerrish struck out five and walked one in the no-decision. Tyler Lockwood was brilliant in middle relief, holding the Bears in check, allowing the Frogs the chance to rally. He surrendered just two hits and struck out five in 4 1/3 innings of work.
TCU had jumped out to the early lead in the second as it scored three times on three hits and a critical Baylor error. Taylor Featherston led off the inning with a double. Pena wasted no time giving the Frogs the lead as he lined a single up the middle for a 1-0 lead.
A two-out throwing error by the third baseman kept the inning alive and allowed Pena to score to make it a 2-0 contest. Holaday followed with a run-scoring double to cap off the three-run inning.
Baylor crept back in the contest in the fifth inning, picking up a pair of two-out runs on three hits. Tyler Collins delivered the two-run single that brought the Bears within one, 3-2.
In the sixth, a two-run home run from Abel Baker put the Bears in front 4-3.
TCU improves to 31-8 on the season. The Frogs and the Bears will wrap up the home-and-home series Wednesday night in Waco. Game time at Baylor Ballpark is set for 6:30 p.m. Greg Holle (2-0) will take the mound for TCU and face Baylor's Willie Kempf (4-2).
TCU improved to 3-0 in extra-inning contests this season.