TCU Takes Series With 13-0 Win
March 3, 2013
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - TCU rode an early offensive onslaught to its first series win of the season as it defeated Jacksonville 13-0 Sunday afternoon. Jantzen Witte drove in four runs on three hits to lead the offensive attack, while Alex Young picked up his first career win.
Young (1-1) was the beneficiary of the offensive outburst as he went four innings in a pre-determined start. He held the Dolphins scoreless, allowing three hits and walking one. He struck out a career-high two batters.
The combination of Trey Teakell, Travis Evans, Tejay Antone, Justin Scharf and Andrew Mitchell helped preserve the shutout with a scoreless inning each. Mitchell punctuated the victory by striking out the side in the ninth.
The Frogs staked themselves to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning. Boomer White got things rolling with a double to right center. Witte dumped a single into right field to put runners on the corners. A ball hit to center off the bat of Derek Odell was dropped, allowing White to score for the 1-0 lead. Kevin Cron hit a grounder to the right side to drive in the second run in the inning.
Seven straight batters reached to open the second inning for the Horned Frogs and six scored before the Dolphins recorded the first out. Dylan Fitzgerald started the inning with a double and scored on a Kyle Bacak base hit. Cody Jones doubled the Frogs lead with a three-run home run to right center. White followed with a double and scored on a Witte two-run shot to straight-away center for an 8-0 lead.
TCU tacked on another run in the third inning, taking advantage of a lead-off walk to Bacak. He was standing on third with two outs when Witte lined a single to center for a 9-0 lead.
Ten more men came to the plate in the fourth for the Horned Frogs and four more runs crossed the plate. A pair of walks to open the inning came in on a base hit off the bat of Keaton Jones. Jantzen Witte hit a long bases loaded sacrifice fly to drive in Keaton Jones and Odell capped the scoring with a two-out base hit to push the lead to 13-0.
Pitching dominated the remainder of the game as the Horned Frogs went to their bench and replaced seven of the nine position players.
TCU improves to 3-7 on the season. The Frogs will return home Tuesday night to start a season-long nine game homestand. First up will be Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Tuesday. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. at Lupton Stadium.