No. 7 TCU Explodes For 15-2 Win At UT Arlington
March 9, 2010
ARLINGTON, Texas - The No. 7 TCU Horned Frogs exploded for 10 runs in the late innings to run away with a 15-2 victory over UT Arlington Tuesday night. Greg Holle was strong in the victory, throwing five strong innings to go along with a career-high seven strikeouts.
Greg Holle (1-0) produced his best start of the season as he limited the Mavericks to two runs on two hits. He walked just one and struck out seven. Trent Appleby, Eric Marshall, Paul Gerrish and Kaleb Merck each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.
The Frogs sent 10 men to the plate in the first inning and opened up a 4-0 lead. Bryan Holaday started things with a one-out single and moved to second on a balk. Coats followed with an infield single, but an errant throw by the third baseman put runners on the corners.
After a strikeout, five straight Horned Frogs reached base. Elander got the Frogs on the board with a base hit up the middle. Weik singled to plate another run and another miscue allowed both runners to move into scoring position. Schultz reached on an infield single to drive in the third run of the game. A catcher's interference loaded the bases for Jantzen Witte, who drew a walk to push the lead to 4-0.
UT Arlington cut the Frog lead in half in the bottom of the inning on a two-run home run off the bat of Michael Choice. Holle was forced to work around a two-out error, but got a big strikeout to end the inning.
Matt Curry tacked onto the Frog lead with a solo shot to lead off the sixth. His fourth home run of the season went to straight-away center field and gave the Frogs a 5-2 lead.
Following the two-out error in the first inning, Holle found his groove as he set down the next 11 batters he faced before issuing a one-out walk in the fifth inning. The junior got out of the inning unscathed as he retired the final two batters of the frame to maintain the Frog lead.
TCU broke the game open in the seventh with eight runs on just three hits and an error. Maverick pitchers issued four walks and hit a batter in the inning. Pena and Witte each drew bases loaded walks to push across the first two runs of the inning. Kyle Von Tungeln smoked a double down the right field line to drive in two more runs. Holaday collected an RBI on a fielder's choice and Coats doubled to drive in a run. Wright followed with a run-scoring ground out and another run scored on an error to give the Frogs a 13-2 lead.
Two more runs scored in the eighth for TCU as the collected a pair of runs on three hits. Brance Rivera doubled and scored on a double by Coats. Jimmie Pharr singled and scored on an RBI ground out from Curry.
TCU improves to 9-2 on the season. The Frogs will host Texas Tech in a three-game series beginning Friday night at 6:30 p.m.