Streak Runs To Eight As TCU Tops UNLV, 10-2
March 17, 2012
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - An offensive explosion propelled the TCU Horned Frogs to their eighth straight victory as they topped UNLV 10-2 Saturday afternoon. Jason Coats hit two home runs and drove in five to lead the Frogs to the win.
Andrew Mitchell (1-2) allowed two runs on three hits in 4 1/3 innings in a predetermined start. He walked one and struck out four. Preston Morrison tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief. He allowed one hit, walked one and struck out a career-high three batters. Chris Murphy pitched a perfect ninth inning to close out the game.
Brance Rivera drew an eight-pitch lead-off walk in the first inning and the Frogs turned that into a 1-0 lead. Kyle Von Tungeln sacrificed Rivera to second and before a pitch was thrown to Coats, Rivera took off for third and beat the throw for his second stolen base of the season. Coats bounced a grounder to second to give TCU a 1-0 lead.
With one swing of the bat, Trent Cook wasted no time getting the game tied at one as he got a ball up in the wind for a lead-off home run in the second inning. Mitchell rallied back and struck out the side to keep the game tied.
TCU broke the game open in the top of the fourth, scoring three times with two outs to take a 4-1 lead. Von Tungeln lined a single up the middle and stole second with one out. After Josh Elander walked, Suiter hit a grounder that advanced both runners into scoring position. Davy Wright broke the tie with a double down the left field line to clear the bases. Josh Gonzales followed with a bloop single to center that made it 4-1.
UNLV cut into the Frog lead in the bottom of the inning, scoring a run on a hit and a walk. Marvin Campbell walked and Cook singled with one out to put two runners on. A fly ball to deep left center moved Campbell to third and he was able to score on a balk called against Mitchell.
With two outs in the fifth inning, Coats got the run back on his own as he unloaded on a Zak Qualls offering for his first home run of the season.
The sixth inning was an inning of missed chances for both teams. TCU loaded the bases with nobody out on two walks and a hit, but left them stranded as the Rebels got three straight outs to keep it a 5-2 game.
For UNLV, it loaded the bases on a single, a double and a walk with only one out, but Morrison got Danny Higa to ground into the inning-ending double play to preserve the three-run lead.
TCU got another run without the benefit of a hit in the top of the seventh. Von Tungeln was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a walk to Coats. Resnick hit a long fly ball to right and Von Tungeln tagged up and scored all the way from second for a 6-2 lead.
The Frogs exploded for four runs on four hits in the eighth inning. Von Tungeln doubled home Keaton Jones for the first run of the inning. Coats then lined his second home run of the game over the center field wall, a three-run shot that put the Frogs up 10-2.
TCU improves to 10-6 with the victory and 2-0 in league play. The Frogs will go for the sweep Sunday afternoon at 3:05 p.m. (CST). Brandon Finnegan will get the start for TCU and face UNLV's Erick Fedde.
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