Frogs blank BYU for trip to championship match
April 25, 2008
FORT WORTH, Texas - The top-seeded TCU Horned Frogs posted a 4-0 shutout over No. 5 BYU on Friday to punch their ticket to the Mountain West Conference Tournament's championship match on Saturday. The Frogs improved to 19-7 overall with the win, while BYU dropped to 16-12 on the season.
"We really played well today," said TCU head coach Dave Borelli. "I thought this was the best we played in the conference this season, and it couldn't have come at a better time. I'm really pleased with the team and we'll just go out tomorrow and try to have fun."
Cosmin Cotet and Adrian Simon answered back with an 8-3 defeat of Daniel Hwang and Thomas Shubert at the No. 2 position, while Kriegler Brink and Emanu Brighiu clinched the point with an 8-5 win over Jonathan Sanchez and A.J. Young at the top spot.
The Frogs carried the momentum over to singles play, winning the first three contests in straight sets to seal the victory.
Brighiu, a freshman from Iasi, Romania, led off the scoring with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Shubert at the No. 2 position.
Brink followed with a 6-2, 6-1 defeat of Mears at the No. 3 spot to put TCU up 3-0 in the match. Brink improved to 22-2 this spring with Friday's victory.
Freshman Casey Powers clinched the match for TCU, topping Young at the No. 6 slot by a score of 6-3, 6-0.
The Frogs will face No. 2 New Mexico on Saturday at 10 a.m. CDT in the finals.
No. 1 TCU (19-7) def. No. 5 BYU (16-12), 4-0
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 6*
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1*