TCU Opens League Play With 5-2 Win Over UNLV
March 16, 2012
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - TCU put up a three-run first inning and never looked back en route to a 5-2 win over UNLV on Friday night. The Horned Frogs have won seven straight to improve to 9-6 on the season. Kyle Von Tungeln match his career high with three hits.
Stefan Crichton (3-0) turned in his third solid performance in a row as he tossed seven innings of two-run baseball. He gave up eight hits, walked one and struck out a season-high six batters. Justin Scharf picked up his second save of the season with two scoreless innings.
Brance Rivera and Von Tungeln led off the game with base hits to get the Frogs' offense rolling. With one out, Josh Elander bounced the ball through the right side to give the Frogs a 1-0 lead. Von Tungeln and Elander each stole a base and Jerrick Suiter gave TCU a 2-0 lead with an RBI-groundout. A balk by the UNLV starter Joe Robinson cleared the bases as Elander scored to make it 3-0.
UNLV cut into the lead in the second, picking up a run on a pair of hits. Marvin Campbell led off with a double and moved to third on a Scott Tomassetti single. The Frogs traded the run for the double play to limit the damage and took a 3-1 lead into the third inning.
TCU got the run back in the top of the fifth as it took advantage of a lead-off double off the bat of Davy Wright. A passed ball moved Wright to third and he scored on a base hit from Braden Mattson to make it a 4-1 contest.
The Rebels crept closer in the bottom of the seventh on a TJ White home run with two outs. Scott Dysinger immediately followed with a single and stole second, but Crichton was able to work out of the jam, getting Trevor Kirk to fly out to end the inning.
The Frogs got the run right back in the top of the eighth as they loaded the bases with nobody out on two hits and an error. Axel Johnson grounded out to drive in a run to push the lead to 5-2.
UNLV got the lead off batter on in each of the eighth and ninth innings, but each time the Frogs were able to work out of the jam. Scharf erased a lead-off walk in the eighth, getting Trent Cook to bounce into a double. He also pitched around a lead-off hit batter in the ninth to close out the game.
TCU improves to 9-6 on the year and 1-0 in league play. The two teams will battle on Saturday afternoon in game two of the series. Game time is set for 3:05 (CST). Andrew Mitchell will toe the rubber and face UNLV's Zak Qualls.