No. 7 TCU Handles Texas Tech, Wins Classic Opener 11-2
March 5, 2010
HOUSTON, Texas - The No. 7 TCU Horned Frogs opened up the 2010 Houston College Classic with a dominating performance as they handed Texas Tech an 11-2 loss Friday afternoon at Minute Maid Park. Matt Curry had three hits, including two doubles and a home run to go along with three RBIs. In total, the Frogs pounded out 15 hits on the afternoon.
Steven Maxwell (3-0) turned in another solid start for the Horned Frogs as he went six innings, allowing just two runs on seven hits to go along with two walks and four strikeouts. Tyler Lockwood and Paul Gerrish tossed the final three innings of the game without allowing a hit. Lockwood threw one scoreless inning and Gerrish pitched in with two scoreless frames.
Offensively, five Frogs produced multi-hit games, while three of them contributed multiple RBIs. Along with Curry, Jerome Pena tallied three hits and drove in two. Aaron Schultz picked up three RBIs on two hits, including his first home run of the season. Bryan Holaday and Joe Weik each picked up two hits.
The Red Raiders had three hits and a run in before an out was recorded in the bottom of the first, but Maxwell settled down and surrendered just one more run before getting out of the inning.
TCU picked up a pair of rebound runs in the top of the second to even the contest at two. Taylor Featherston was hit by a one-out offering from Chad Bettis to start the Frog rally. A single from Weik put runners on the corners and Pena followed with an RBI single to cut the lead in half. TCU completed the comeback on an RBI groundout off the bat of Schultz.
In the top of the third, the Horned Frogs pushed across three runs to take the lead. Holaday doubled to open the inning and moved to third on a single from Jason Coats. A Curry double put the Frogs on top and a Featherston ground out made it a 4-2 contest. Weik's second hit of the contest extended the lead to 5-2.
Following the shaky start to the contest, Maxwell did his job on the mound, holding the Red Raiders in check. He pitched around an error and a base hit in the second. In the fourth, after allowing a lead-off single, he got Stephen Hagen to ground into a double play. Lockwood relieved Maxwell in the sixth and the bullpen carried the Frogs the rest of the way.
A lead-off walk to Coats in the fifth inning came back to haunt the Red Raiders as the Frogs turned it into their sixth run of the contest. Bettis uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Coats to race all the way to third with nobody out and Curry's second double of the game drove him home.
With one swing of the bat, Schultz padded the Frogs' lead as he connected for his first home run of the season on a fly ball to left field. The home run led off the sixth inning. Maxwell put the fifth straight zero up on the scoreboard in the bottom of the frame to end the inning with the Frogs in control at 7-2.
Curry matched the feat of Schultz leading off the seventh as he greeted Red Raider reliever John Neeley by launching the first pitch of the inning into the upper deck in right field. An error by the shortstop turned into another Horned Frog run as Featherston came around to score on a fielder's choice off the bat of Schultz to give the Frogs a 9-2 lead.
Two one-out walks in the top of the eighth came around to score as the Frogs extended their lead to 11-2. Jimmie Pharr picked up an RBI double and Pena followed with an RBI single to drive in the runs.
The Frogs improve to 7-1 on the season with the victory. TCU will continue play in the Houston College Classic on Saturday afternoon. First pitch against Missouri is set for Noon at Minute Maid Park. Matt Purke will get the start for the Frogs.