No. 9 Rice Rallies To Defeat No. 7 TCU, 5-4
March 7, 2010
HOUSTON, Texas - The No. 7 TCU Horned Frogs took a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth, but No. 9 Rice found a way to push across two runs in the bottom of the inning to halt the Frogs four-game winning streak. Bryan Holaday was named the MVP of the Houston College Classic.
Kyle Winkler allowed three runs on four hits in 6 1/3 innings of work. The sophomore walked five and struck out four in the no-decision. Erik Miller (0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing two runs on three hits in two innings, walking one and striking out four.
TCU had runners on in every inning, but stuggled to string together any hits. In the second inning Elander led off the frame with a base hit. Featherston worked a walk to put two on with nobody out. The rally was squelched when Elander was thrown out trying to steal third. Aaron Schultz singled with one out in the inning, but Zac Jordan lined into an inning-ending double play.
Rice used the momentum to jump out to the early lead in the bottom of the inning. Two one out walks around a base hit from Jeremy Rathjen had the Owls in business. Craig Manuel hit a sacrifice fly to give the Owls a lead and Winkler was able to get another fly ball out to end the inning without any further damage.
The Frogs finally cashed in, tying the game at one in the top of the seventh. With one out, Pena unloaded on a 2-2 offering from Boogie Anagnostou, driving the ball down the right field line for his second home run of the season.
A one-out walk came back to haunt the Frogs as Jimmy Comerota broke the tie with one swing of the bat, a two-run home run to left field. Erik Miller relieved Winkler and got out of the inning without allowing any more runs.
A furious one-out rally by the Horned Frogs got the game tied at three. Matt Curry earned a hard-fought walk to start the rally. The senior raced home on a double to the right-center field gap off the bat of Elander to cut the deficit in half. Featherston followed with a hustle double back through the middle, allowing Elander to scamper home with the tying run.
Rick Hague's two-base throwing error in the top of the ninth proved costly as it put the speedy Kyle Von Tungeln on second base with only one out. Continuing his torrid start to the 2010 campaign, Holaday delivered the big hit to center field that gave the Frogs a 4-3 lead.
Comerota started the Rice rally in the bottom of the ninth with a one-out triple. Michael Ratterree singled to tie the game and Michael Fuda walked to move the winning run into scoring position. Chase McDowell delivered the game-winning hit to give the Owls the 5-4 win.
TCU falls to 8-2 on the season. The Frogs will wrap up a four-game road trip Tuesday night in Arlington against UT Arlington. First pitch at Clay Gould Ballpark is set for 6:30 p.m.
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