No. 11 TCU Wins Offensive Affair, 12-7

Feb. 20, 2010

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FORT WORTH, Texas - The No. 11 TCU Horned Frogs made their hits count on Saturday at Lupton Stadium as they defeated Sam Houston State 12-7 in front of 3,072 fans. On the mound, freshman Matt Purke picked up his first collegiate win and at the plate, Josh Elander collected four hits to lead the team.

At the plate, the Frogs pounded out 15 hits. Kyle Von Tungeln, Jerome Pena, Jason Coats and Matt Curry each tallied two hits, while Joe Weik delivered with three RBIs.

On the mound, Purke (1-0) went five innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits. He walked one and fanned eight. Greg Holle surrendered three runs in 1 1/3 innings. Tyler Lockwood, Paul Gerrish and Erik Miller pitched the final 2 2/3 innings, limiting the Bearkats to just two hits, while striking out five.

Sam Houston State cracked the scoreboard for the first time in 2010 in the first inning as they took the early 1-0 lead. With the bases loaded a balk was called, allowing the Bearkats first run to score. Purke limited the damage, getting Tyler Fiebrich to ground out to end the inning.

The Frogs answered in the bottom of the inning, taking advantage of two free passes to take a 2-1 lead. Bryan Holaday was hit by a two-out pitch and a throwing error on a ball hit by Weik kept the inning alive. A Coats single tied the game at one and Elander put the Frogs on top, 3-2, with a base hit to short.

A two-run top of the second put the Bearkats back in front, but the Frogs responded with a four-spot in the bottom of the inning to regain the lead for good. Aaron Schultz was hit to open the inning and Von Tungeln followed with a double to put two on with nobody out. A single from Pena tied the game at two. A fielding error loaded the bases and Weik cleared them with a three-run double, giving the Frogs a 6-3 advantage.

TCU kept pouring on the offense as it added three more runs in the third inning to open up a commanding 9-3 lead. A lead-off walk to Davy Wright resulted in a run thanks to another double from Von Tungeln. Pena worked a walk and a passed ball advanced both runners 90 feet. Holaday laced a two-run single through the left side to drive in Von Tungeln and Pena.

An unearned run came across the plate in the fifth inning as the Bearkats took advantage of two Frog errors to score their fourth run of the game. But back-to-back strikeouts from Purke ended the Frame with the Frogs still in control, 9-4.

The Frogs got the run back in the bottom of the inning on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Curry, scoring Coats who had tripled with one out.

Sam Houston State closed the gap in the seventh inning with three runs on four hits to pull within three, 10-7. The big blow of the inning was a two-run home run by Taylor Davis.

Singles from Curry and Elander got two of the runs back for the Frogs in the bottom of the frame to push the lead back to five, 12-7. From there, Gerrish and Miller retired six of the final seven batters in the contest to lock up the Frog victory.

TCU improves to 2-0 on the season with the victory. The Frogs will go for the sweep Sunday afternoon at Lupton Stadium. Kyle Winkler will toe the rubber for the Frogs and face the Bearkats' Jordan Westra. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.

Game Notes:
• The attendance of 3,072 was the ninth-largest crowd to attend a game at Lupton Stadium.
• TCU is 2-0 to start the season for the first time since 2007 and the fourth time under head coach Jim Schlossnagle.
• The Horned Frogs swiped three bases in the seventh inning, one each from Coats, Curry and Elander. TCU is 7-for-8 in stolen bases in the first two games.
Josh Elander is 5-for-7 in his first two collegiate games.
Aaron Schultz was hit by a pitch three times in the game.
• With his third-inning single, Bryan Holaday has extended his hitting streak to 11 games dating back to last season.
• Redshirt freshman Davy Wright picked up his first collegiate hit, a double in the fourth inning.
• In the first two games of the season, the Frog pitching staff has notched 28 strikeouts and just six walks. The bullpen has yet to issue a walk in 8 1/3 innings pitched.



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