TCU Opens CWS With 8-1 Win Over Florida State
June 19, 2010
Matt Purke struck out seven over seven innings of work and Bryan Holaday tallied three hits in the game. Jason Coats led the production with a game-high three RBIs as part of two hits.
Matt Purke was solid in making his College World Series debut. The freshman tossed seven innings, allowing just an unearned run on four hits. He walked four and struck out seven to improve to a school-record tying 15-0. Eric Marshall pitched two scoreless innings, allowing two walks and striking out one.
The Seminoles jumped out to an early 1-0 lead before the first out of the game was recorded. Tyler Holt singled followed by an infield hit by Sherman Johnson. An errant throw on the play allowed Holt to race home with the first run of the game and put Johnson on third. Purke settled in and struck out the side to leave the runner stranded at third.
TCU wasted no time taking over the contest, scoring five times on six hits in the bottom of the first. Jerome Pena got the ball rolling with a lead-off single. Bryan Holaday followed with a base hit and Jason Coats staked the Frogs to a 2-0 lead with a double to left field. Matt Curry made a productive out that moved Coats to third and Joe Weik came through with a single to right. Jantzen Witte followed with a double and Taylor Featherston made it a 4-0 game with a sacrifice fly. The Frogs capped their five-run inning with a two-out single by Aaron Schultz.
Purke found himself in a little bit of a jam in the third inning after issuing a pair of one-out walks to the top of the Seminoles order. The Frogs caught a break as Mike McGee popped up on the infield with the runners in motion. Tyler Holt was called out on the play after the umpires ruled he didn't touch third before retreating to second on the play.
The Frogs translated that momentum into another run as the lead grew to 6-1. Witte battled back from a 0-2 count to work a lead-off walk. Featherston followed with a walk and both runners moved up 90 feet on a sacrifice bunt by Schultz. Rivera collected his first RBI of the series with a safety squeeze bunt up the first base line.
Holaday tacked on the Frogs' seventh run of the game with the College World Series' first home run. He deposited the Hunter Scantling offering into the waiting hands of the fans in left field bleachers.
Florida State made a valiant attempt to get back in the ballgame in the seventh after Jayce Boyd worked a lead-off walk. Purke fanned Stuart Tapley before surrendering a base hit to Devon Travis to put two on with one out. The freshman worked out of the jam, getting back-to-back ground balls, including one on a 3-2 count to Holt.
TCU pushed its lead to 8-1 with a run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Brance Rivera led off the inning with a base hit to center. He moved to second on a Davy Wright sacrifice bunt and scored on a two-out single by Coats.
The Frogs improve to 52-12 on the season with the victory. TCU will have to wait to find out its opponent as it faces the winner of the UCLA/Florida contest. Game time for Monday's winner's bracket contest is 8 p.m. and the game will air live on ESPN2 in HD.