No. 7 TCU Ekes Out 8-7 Win Over Texas Tech
March 12, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas - Bryan Holaday picked off the tying run at third base and No. 7 TCU escaped with an 8-7 victory over Texas Tech Friday night at Lupton Stadium. The Red Raiders committed two costly errors and surrendered five unearned runs to the Horned Frogs as they won their eighth straight at home. Matt Curry led the Frogs with two hits and two runs driven in.
Steven Maxwell started for the Frogs and pitched three innings in a no-decision. He allowed five runs (four earned) on two hits, while walking three and striking out four. Trent Appleby (1-0) picked up the win in relief, giving up two runs on three hits in four innings of work. Kaleb Merck allowed a hit in 1 1/3 innings of work to pick up his second save of the season.
At the plate, Curry and Jason Coats drove in two runs each. Kyle Von Tungeln drew three walks, picked up a hit and scored twice. Despite seeing his 20-game hitting streak come to an end, Holaday was on base twice and score both times.
Two Horned Frog errors in the first inning turned into a 1-0 lead for the Red Raiders. Jamodrick McGruder drew a one-out walk and moved to second on an errant pick-off throw. The Frogs looked like they would escape without allowing a run, but a two-out fielding error allowed McGruder to score.
TCU wasted no time erasing the Red Raider lead as they put up two runs in the first three at-bats in the bottom of the first. Von Tungeln worked a lead-off walk and Holaday was hit to put two on with nobody. Following a wild pitch, Coats lined a single up the middle to give the Frogs a 2-1 lead.
Four more runs crossed the plate in the second as they took advantage of another Red Raider error. Jerome Pena drew a one-out walk and Jantzen Witte was hit by the pitch. Von Tungeln drove a single to center to plate Pena and a fielding error allowed two more runs to score. Curry extended the lead with a double to left center, giving TCU a 6-1 lead.
The Red Raiders stormed back in the top of the third as they picked up three runs with one swing of the bat. Scott LeJeune hit his second home run of the season to center field to pull Texas Tech within two, 6-4.
The Frogs got one of the runs back in the bottom of the third to regain a three-run lead, 7-4. Leading off the frame, Joe Weik became the third Frog to be hit by a pitch and moved to second on a ground ball out. A wild pitch and a passed ball followed, allowing him to score the seventh run of the game.
Two more Red Raiders crossed the plate as Jeremy Mayo connected on a two-run blast with nobody out in the fourth inning to make it a 7-6 contest. On in relief, Appleby surrendered the home run, but then settled down and retired 11 of the next 12 batters he faced.
The Frogs picked up a big insurance run in the sixth inning, once again, making a Red Raider error pay. Coats reached on a fielding error by the third baseman and moved to second on a wild pitch. Another passed ball moved him to third and he scored on a ground out off the bat of Curry for an 8-6 lead.
Texas Tech got the run back in the top of the seventh. McGruder tripled with one out and scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Joey Kenworthy to make it an 8-7 game.
In the ninth, McGruder tripled with two outs to keep the game alive. Holaday caught McGruder napping at third, gunning him down on a back-pick to end the game.
The Frogs improve to 10-2 on the season and 5-0 at home. TCU and Texas Tech will square off in game two of the series Saturday afternoon at Lupton Stadium. Matt Purke will get the call for the Frogs with first pitch slated for 2 p.m.