No. 7 TCU Earns 4-3 Extra Inning Win Over Missouri
March 6, 2010
HOUSTON, Texas - Aaron Schultz came through with the game-winning hit in the bottom of the 10th inning to give No. 7 TCU a 4-3 victory over Missouri at the Houston College Classic Saturday afternoon. Bryan Holaday extended his hit streak to 18 games with three hits in the contest. Kaleb Merck picked up his first career victory.
In his third start of the season, Matt Purke turned in a solid outing. He allowed just one run on five hits in 5 1/3 innings of work. The lefty fanned seven and walked two in the no-decision. Trent Appleby was touched for two runs on a hit in two innings. Merck (1-0) held the Tigers scoreless in 2 2/3 innings of work, surrendering just two hits and striking out three.
Russell LaFleur got the Tigers off on the right foot as he homered to lead off the game, giving Mizzou the early lead. Purke settled down and struck out two of the next three batters to get out of the inning without allowing any more base runners.
The Frogs got the game tied in the bottom of the second inning as they took advantage of a costly Tiger error. Josh Elander reached on a miscue by the second baseman. After stealing second, Elander moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Featherston.
Purke continued to keep the Tigers off balance as they never really got any momentum going against the freshman. A lead-off single in the second was erased on a double play ball. With one out in the third, the Tigers singled and walk and both moved into scoring position, but back-to-back strikeouts ended the threat.
TCU struggled to push across runs against Mizzou's Nick Tepesch as he matched Purke pitch-for-pitch. In the bottom of the third, the Frogs had two on and one out, but Tepesch retired the final two batters of the inning to strand the runners.
The Frogs finally broke the tie in the fifth inning as they pushed across a run on three hits. Jerome Pena singled to open the inning. Holaday singled with one out and Coats delivered an RBI double to give the Frogs a 2-1 lead.
Missouri threatened to tie the game in the sixth inning as they loaded the bases with only one out. The Frogs caught Blake Brown napping at third base as Holaday threw behind him for the pick off and a big second out in the inning. A fielder's choice ended the inning with the Frogs still on top 2-1.
TCU added to its lead in the top of the seventh. Von Tungeln worked a one-out walk and scored on a double off the bat of Holaday.
Appleby ran into trouble in the eighth with one out. He hit LaFleur and issued a walk to Brown before turning the game over to Merck. Aaron Senne doubled to pull the Tigers within one and pinch-hitter Brett Nicholas tied the game with a long sacrifice fly.
The Frogs threatened to end the game in the bottom of the ninth, but two base running miscues spoiled the threat. A lead-off single was erased at third for the second out of the inning and a runner was thrown out at second trying to stretch a single into a double.
Merck threw up a zero in the top of the 10th and the offense picked up the winning run in the bottom of the inning to seal the victory. Elander singled to open the frame and moved to third on a base hit by Featherston. Schultz pounded the ball towards short and Elander raced home with the game-winning run.
TCU improves to 8-1 on the season. The Frogs will wrap up play in the Houston College Classic Sunday night against nationally-ranked Rice. Game time is slated for 6 p.m. at Minute Maid Park. Kyle Winkler will get the start for the Horned Frogs.
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