Coats Powers No. 7 TCU to 17-12 Win Over UTSA
March 2, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas - A career-high seven RBIs from Jason Coats powered No. 7 TCU past UT San Antonio, 17-12, Tuesday night at Lupton Stadium. The entire starting lineup produced a hit and scored a run as the Horned Frogs picked up their sixth win of the season.
Coats was the stand-out Tuesday night as he collected three hits, including a double and home run in five at-bats to go along with the seven RBIs. Josh Elander continued his torrid start to the season with three hits and two RBIs. Bryan Holaday and Aaron Schultz each put together a three-hit night as well.
On the mound, Tyler Lockwood (1-0) picked up the win in relief of Greg Holle, who allowed five runs (two earned) on five hits in 1 2/3 innings of work. Lockwood tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings allowing just three hits and striking out two. Erik Miller turned in two scoreless innings as well, surrendering just one hit and striking out four.
A one-out error by the Roadrunners got the Frogs rolling as they pushed across three runs on three hits in the first. Josh Elander drove in the first run of the game with a triple off the wall in center field. Coats followed with an RBI single and scored on a Zac Jordan sacrifice fly.
UT San Antonio took advantage of a TCU error and turned it into a 5-3 lead. Brett Aguilar delivered a two-run double that put the Roadrunners on top.
TCU responded with a two-spot in the bottom of the frame to tie the game at five. With two outs, Schultz doubled to get things rolling. Kyle Von Tungeln came through with a run-scoring single to center and a Bryan Holaday base hit tied the game.
A five-run third inning busted the game open as the Frogs took a 10-5 lead. Matt Curry led off the inning with a double followed by a Jordan single. Taylor Featherston gave the Frogs the lead with a single to center. An error allowed the second run of the inning to score and back-to-back RBI singles from Holaday and Elander made it 9-5. A Coats bases loaded sacrifice fly rounded out the scoring.
The Frogs continued their scoring trend picking up another two-out run in the fourth on an RBI double from Schultz, his second of the night.
The Roadrunners climbed back into the game with a four-spot in the top of the fifth. The big blow in the frame was a three-run home run off the bat of Jake Wood, closing the gap to two, 11-9.
With one swing of the bat, the Frogs got three of the runs back to regain a five-run advantage at 14-9 as Coats connected on his third home run of the season.
TCU kept up the trend of scoring in every inning as the Frogs picked up a run on a pair of hits in the sixth. Jerome Pena led off the inning with a double and scored on a ground out off the bat of Von Tungeln.
After putting up a zero in the seventh inning, the Frogs pushed across two runs in the eighth to make it a 17-9 contest. Pinch hitters Brance Rivera and Jimmie Pharr were both hit by a pitch and Coats unloaded a two-run double off the wall in right center to send both runners home.
A Ryan Dalton three-run home run in the top of the ninth accounted for the final score.
TCU improves to 6-1 on the season. The Frogs will hit the road for four straight games beginning Friday afternoon when they open play in the Houston College Classic. The Frogs will play Texas Tech Friday at Noon at Minute Maid Park.
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