Late Runs Sink TCU In 4-2 Loss To Cal State Fullerton
Feb. 26, 2012
FULLERTON, Calif. - No. 14 TCU battled to tie the game late, but surrendered a pair of runs in the eighth inning to drop a 4-2 decision to No. 19 Cal State Fullerton Saturday night. Kyle Von Tungeln posted a three-hit night for the Horned Frogs.
Stefan Crichton allowed two runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings. He waked four and struck out four in the no-decision. Brandon Finnegan gave up a hit and walked one in 1 1/3 innings of work. Justin Scharf (0-1) surrendered two runs on two hits, walked two and struck out three in 1 1/3 innings. Kevin Allen retired both batters he faced in the eighth.
With one swing of the bat, Derek Odell gave the Frogs an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first.
The lead did not hold as three straight one-out walks turned into a pair of runs for the Titans. A single by Anthony Hutting tied the game and Richey Pedroza gave Fullerton the lead with a base knock to right center. The damage could have been worse but Crichton got a big strike out for the second out and then a base running mistake at third ended the inning.
TCU had numerous opportunities to tie the game, but the Titan pitching staff wiggled off the hook in each of the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings. Over the four-inning span, the Frogs stranded six runners, four in scoring position.
Cal State Fullerton had chances of its own to extend its lead, but couldn't break through. The best chance came in the fifth when the Titans had two in scoring position with one out. Crichton got a big strikeout for the second out, then gave way to Scharf who got pinch hitter J.D. Davis to ground out to end the inning.
The Frogs were finally able to push across the tying run in the eighth inning. Coats singled to lead off the inning. With one out, he swiped second base and moved to third on a throwing error. Zac Jordan hit a grounder to Keegan Dale, whose throw home was mishandled, allowing Coats to score the tying run.
Cal State Fullerton quickly stole the momentum back as the first two batters reached. A wild pitch moved both into scoring position and a one-out bloop single from Jesse Jenner gave the Titans the 3-2 lead. With the bases loaded, Michael Lorenzen made it a 4-2 contest with an RBI ground out.
TCU made it interesting in the ninth as it loaded the bases with a pair of walks and a single and nobody out. Lorenzen got Odell to strike out for the first out, then induced a game-ending double play ball off the bat of Coats.
TCU falls to 2-3 on the season. The rubber game of the series is set for Sunday morning at 11 a.m. Trey Teakell is scheduled to make his first career start.