TCU Holds On For 2-1 Victory
March 2, 2014
HOUSTON - The No. 12 TCU Horned Frogs fought their way to a 2-1 victory in the final game of the Houston College Classic Sunday night. Riley Ferrell retired all five batters he faced to earn his first save of the season.
"Obviously, it's a good win, especially after coming off such a tough game on Saturday night," said head coach Jim Schlossnagle. "To have another close where we had opportunities to give up the lead, we made good pitches or we made good plays or had some balls fall our way, so I think we deserved that one. We still need to continually put together good at-bats so we can score some more runs."
In just his third collegiate start, Tyler Alexander was touched for a run on three hits in 4 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out two. Alex Young (1-0) earned the win in relief, throwing 2 2/3 shutout innings. He allowed two hits, walked three and tied his career-high with five strikeouts.
"I actually thought we had a lot of good at-bats, hit a lot of balls hard," said Schlossnagle. "Kevin Cron, I thought it was his best game of the season and Jerrick Suiter as well. I think it's coming, but it just needs to come sooner."
TCU took the lead in the top of the third inning, taking advantage of a pair of free base runners. Keaton Jones drew a lead-off walk and moved to second on a Kyle Bacak sacrifice bunt. With two outs, Jones was standing on third base. Dylan Fitzgerald was plunked with two outs and immediately wreaked havoc on the base paths. Fitzgerald broke on first move and looked to have been picked off, but the throw to second was in the dirt and Jones raced home on the error to put the Frogs up 1-0.
Houston made noise in the fourth as it threatened to get the game tied at one. A walk and an infield single had two on with nobody out. The Cougars attempted to sacrifice, but Alexander pounced on the bunt attempt and cut down the lead runner. The freshman battled through a seven-pitch at-bat to record his second strikeout of the game for out No. 2 before getting a ground ball to end the inning.
A lead-off single for the Cougars in the fifth came around to tie the game. Caleb Barker lined a single into right field and moved to second on a Landon Appling sacrifice. With two outs, Ashford Fulmer hit a ground-rule double to right to knot the game at one. Young came on in relief and kept the tie in tact.
Keaton Jones caused problems for the Cougars in the seventh as he drew a one-out walk. Bacak followed with a line-drive single to right field to put runners on the corners. Cody Jones broke the tie with a hot shot past the shortstop to give TCU a 2-1 lead.
TCU had to hold off one more Cougar threat in the eighth inning. Frankie Ratcliff led off the inning with a base hit. With one out, Justin Montemayor hit what looked like an inning-ending double play, but an error allowed everyone to be safe. When all was said and down the Cougars had runners on the corners with one out.
Ferrell took over and got a hard ground ball to third base that Odell picked and threw across the diamond for the second out. He struck out pinch hitter Jordan Stading to end the inning.
TCU improves to 7-4 overall with the victory. The Horned Frogs will return home Tuesday night to host Dallas Baptist at 6:30 p.m. The game begins a stretch of 12 out of 14 at Lupton Stadium.