No. 11 TCU Shuts Out Sam Houston State, 4-0

Feb. 19, 2010

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FORT WORTH, Texas - In front of a crowd of 3,228, the largest opening day crowd at Lupton Stadium, the No. 11 TCU Horned Frogs shut out Sam Houston State, 4-0. Steven Maxwell, Trent Appleby and Eric Marshall combined on the seventh opening day shutout since 1966.

The trio of Horned Frog pitchers allowed just six hits on the night, walked five and struck out 14. Maxwell (1-0) went 4 2/3 innings, allowing three hits and striking out six, tying his career high. Appleby pitched 3 1/3 scoreless frames, giving up three hits and striking out five. Eric Marshall slammed the door in the ninth, striking out the side to preserve the shutout.

The Frogs jumped on the scoreboard early, taking advantage of a Bearkat miscue in the second inning. Jason Coats picked up the Frogs first base hit of the season with one out in the frame. The sophomore took an adventurous route to second base as he got caught in a run down. He avoided the tag attempt by the Bearkat second baseman and made it safely to second base with his first stolen base of the season.

On a walk to Josh Elander, the catcher misplayed the ball, allowing Coats to move up to third. The duo executed a double steal and Coats slid safely into home ahead of the tag to give the Frogs a 1-0 lead.

Sam Houston State threatened to tie the game in the top of the third. A lead-off single and a one-out walk had the Bearkats in business. Maxwell bore down and got Braeden Riley to ground into the inning-ending double play.

The Frogs extended their lead in the bottom of the third, picking up another unearned run to make it a 2-0 contest. Jerome Pena singled to open the inning and Kyle Von Tungeln reached safely on a bunt single to put two on with nobody out. With two outs, Joe Weik worked a walk to load the bases. An errant pick-off throw to second allowed Pena to race home with the only run of the frame.

Again, Maxwell had to pitch out of a jam in the fourth to keep the Bearkats scoreless. With one on and two out, Taylor Davis doubled to put two runners in scoring position. After an intentional walk loaded the bases, Maxwell stranded the runners as he struck out Kevin Miller to end the inning.

In the fifth, Trent Appleby relieved Maxwell with two on and two out, getting Mark Hudson to strike out to end the inning.

After being held in check for four innings, the Frogs bats came to life as they doubled their lead. Bryan Holaday doubled to left center with one out. Weik traded places with Holaday at second with a double to left field, giving the Frogs a 3-0 lead. Pinch runner Brance Rivera moved to third on a balk and Matt Curry drove him home with a single through the right side.

TCU (1-0) and Sam Houston State (0-1) will square off in game two of the three-game series Saturday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. at Lupton Stadium. Freshman left-handed pitcher Matt Purke will make his collegiate debut and face Paul Spinn.

Game Notes:
• The crowd of 3,228 was the fifth-largest in stadium history.
• Freshman Josh Elander picked up his first collegiate hit in the fourth inning.
• TCU improved to 5-2 in season openers under head coach Jim Schlossnagle.
Bryan Holaday entered the season with a nine-game hitting streak. He extended the streak to 10 games with a double in the eighth inning.
• The last time TCU shut out an opponent on opening night was in 2005 when they defeated Utah 10-0 at Lupton Stadium.



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