New Mexico Rallies To Take 5-2 Win Over TCU
May 26, 2012
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The TCU Horned Frogs couldn't build on a 2-0 lead and New Mexico scored a single run in each of the last five innings to rally for a 5-2 win. The loss drops the Horned Frogs into the Loser's bracket of the MW Tournament. Jerrick Suiter tied a career-high with three hits in the game.
Preston Morrison (9-1) suffered the first loss of his career after allowing four runs (three earned) on nine hits. He didn't walk a batter and struck out three. Justin Scharf was touched for a run on four hits in his lone inning of work. Kaleb Merck walked a batter in one inning pitched.
Brett Johnson opened the second inning with a hustle double to left field. Suiter followed with a line drive single to center to put runners on the corners with nobody out. With Derek Odell at the plate, Lobo starter Gera Sanchez balked, allowing Johnson to come home with the first run of the ballgame.
Josh Elander made it a 2-0 contest in the top of the third inning as he launched a one-out home run over the center field fence. After Elander's home run, the Frogs never had a runner advance passed second base. Along the way, New Mexico scratched across single runs to eventually take the lead.
The Lobos cut the lead in half in the fourth to make it a 2-1 game. Ben Woodchick singled and moved to second on a base hit by DJ Peterson. With one out, Woodchick was standing on third and he scored on a sacrifice fly by Josh Melendez.
With an 0-2 count on Kyle Stiner, the lights at Wilson Stadium went out causing a 17 minute delay. Upon resumption of play, the Lobos tallied three straight hits and tied the game at two. Stiner doubled and moved to third on a base hit by Alex Real. Alex Allbritton made it a 2-2 contest with a single to center.
An error in the sixth inning proved costly as the Lobos took a 3-2 lead. With one out, Melendez reached on the miscue. After stealing second he scored on a base hit off the bat of Trey Porras.
Allbritton doubled to open the seventh inning and scored two batters later to make it a 4-2 game. The Frogs avoided further damage as Scharf got Peterson to ground into a double play then induced a ground ball to second off the bat of Ryan Padilla. An insurance run in the eighth inning put the Frogs in a three-run hole, 5-2.
Suiter led off the ninth inning and moved to second on a wild pitch, but Lobo closer struck out the next three batters to end the game.
TCU (36-18) will face San Diego State in an elimination game Saturday afternoon. First pitch against the Aztecs is set for 5 p.m.