TCU Scores Come-From-Behind Win At Cal State Fullerton
Feb. 25, 2012
FULLERTON, Calif. - A career night from Andrew Mitchell and timely two-out hitting in the eighth helped No. 14 TCU rally for a 3-2 victory at No. 19 Cal State Fullerton. The Horned Frogs scored three times in the eighth to erase a 1-0 deficit.
Mitchell fanned a career-high 12 batters in five innings of work. He surrendered one run on two hits and walked three in the no-decision. Preston Morrison (2-0) pitched three scoreless innings, allowing a hit and striking out one. Kaleb Merck surrendered an unearned run and struck out one to earn his second save of the season.
Heading into the eighth inning, the Frogs had had just two base runners, neither of which had reached second base. That all changed with two outs in the eighth inning as Davy Wright keyed a two-out rally with a base hit to right. Braden Mattson followed with a pinch-hit single to left.
Making his debut at the plate, Jerrick Suiter jumped on Dylan Floro's first offering and stroked a triple to right field that gave the Frogs a 2-1 lead. A fielding error by the Titan shortstop allowed Suiter to race home with the insurance run to make it a 3-1 contest.
The unearned run loomed large for Fullerton as it tried to mount a ninth-inning comeback. The first two batters reached in the inning on a hit by pitch and an error. Kaleb Merck buckled down and induced a double play ball off the bat of Derek Legg. On the play, Ricky Pedroza moved to third. He scampered home on a wild pitch to make it a 3-2 game, but that was as close as they would get as Merck got Ivory Thomas to fly out to end the game.
Fullerton cracked the scoreboard first as they made a lead-off walk count in the fifth inning. Legg executed a perfect hit-and-run to put runners on the corners with nobody out. Mitchell got a big strikeout for the first out and looked to have induced a double play ball off the bat of Carlos Lopez, but Lopez's speed allowed him to beat the relay throw to first, giving the Titans a 1-0 lead.
TCU improves to 2-2 on the season with the victory. Game two of the series is set for Saturday night at Goodwin Field. First pitch is set for 8 p.m. (CST). Stefan Crichton will take the mound and face Fullerton's Grahamm Wiest.