No. 6: Crichton leads Frogs to regionals again
April 30, 2013
College Station, 2012- The Horned Frogs would advance to a fourth Regional Championship series in five years on the arm of Stefan Crichton.
Facing an elimination game, the Horned Frogs would need a special performance on the mound. They got that as Crichton tossed his first career complete game. The sophomore would only give up two runs on six hits and had four strikeouts in earning his ninth win of the season. The defense also helped him by turning two double plays in the game.
TCU opened up an early 1-0 lead in the first. Kevin Cron started the early rally as he singled and moved to second on an Aggie outfielder’s error. Jantzen Witte’s single to left put the Frogs in front.
The Aggies would score for the first and last times in the top of the third to tie the game at two. Texas A&M’s Chase Statum started the rally with an infield single. Back-to-back doubles from Scott Arthur and Tyler Naquin tied the game.
From there, Crichton slammed the door. No other Aggie hitter would get past second base. He faced more than three batters in an inning once and that came in the fifth when the Aggies drew a walk and got a base hit with one out. Crichton retired the next two batters to end the frame. He faced the minimum 12 batters in the final four innings.
The Horned Frogs wasted no time regaining the advantage. Derek Odell worked himself into a 3-2 count before launching a home run into the Aggie bullpen for a 3-2 lead.
TCU added three more runs to its lead in the fifth inning. Josh Elander’s single drove in Von Tunglen and he scored on a two run home run from Kevin Cron to widen the Frog lead to 6-2.
The Frogs kept pouring on the offence as three more runs crossed the plate in the fifth inning. Odell singled and moved to second on a walk to Jerrrick Suiter. After a Josh Gonzales sacrifice, Rivera would knock them in with a double before scoring on a Von Tunglen triple.
The Frogs’ final run crossed the plate on two more Aggie errors. With two out, Rivera was standing on first. The first error of the inning was followed by an infield single, putting runners on the corners. Another error allowed Rivera to score, accounting for the Frogs 10thand final run of the game.
TCU’s victory eliminated Texas A&M and set up a rematch with Ole Miss later that day.