No. 1 TCU Dominates In Front Of Record-Breaking Crowd
Feb. 18, 2011
FORT WORTH, Texas - In front of a school-record 6,099 fans, the No. 1 TCU baseball team handed Kansas an 8-2 defeat Friday night in the 2011 season opener. The Horned Frogs built a 5-0 lead in the first and never looked back en route to the victory. Jimmie Pharr went 3-for-4 with two RBIs in the contest.
Matt Purke (1-0) tossed four innings of shutout ball. He struck out three, walked one and allowed one hit. Andrew Mitchell surrendered a run on two hits in his collegiate debut. The true freshman struck out four in two innings of work. Tyler Duffie earned his first career save with a three-inning stint. The red-shirt freshman gave up a run on a pair of hits, walked one and struck out two.
Four walks and an error led to a five-run outburst for the Frogs in the first inning as they sent nine men to the plate. Kyle Von Tungeln drew a lead-off walk and moved to second on a wild pitch. With one out, the Frogs worked three straight walks to take the early 1-0 lead. Featherston collected his first RBI of the season with a bases-loaded walk. Jantzen Witte followed with an infield single. The throw to first base sailed into right field and cleared the bases, giving TCU a 4-0 lead. Pharr drove in another run with a hit to left to cap the Frog scoring.
Purke worked around a lead-off error in the second, getting a line drive double play off the bat of Chris Manship. A two-out walk in the third went by the wayside as Pharr picked the runner off at first to end the inning.
TCU put up a three spot in the third inning to extend its lead to 8-0. Featherston was hit by the pitch to open the inning. Featherston stole second and scored on a double down the left field line. Schultz tripled home Pharr and scored on a Rivera base hit.
A triple off the bat of Jake Marasco turned into the Jayhawks first run of the game as he scored on a wild pitch to make it an 8-1 contest in the fifth inning.
Jimmy Waters doubled to open the seventh and scored on an Alex DeLeon safety squeeze to account for the final score.
TCU improves to 1-0 on the season. Game two of the series is set for Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Kyle Winkler toes the rubber for the Horned Frogs on Saturday and will face Kansas' Wally Marciel.
On Purke's repertoire today:
Pitcher Matt Purke
Catcher Jimmie Pharr