Errors Prove Costly In 5-4 Loss To BYU
March 19, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas - Three errors led to four unearned runs by BYU as the Cougars handed the fourth-ranked TCU Horned Frogs a 5-4 loss Friday night at Lupton Stadium. The loss snaps TCU's six game winning streak and their 11 game winning streak. Jason Coats extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a 2-for-4 day at the plate.
Kyle Winkler tossed six strong innings for the Frogs giving up three runs (one earned) on six hits with one walk and two strikeouts. An error in the seventh inning proved costly for Trent Appleby (1-1) as he took the loss after allowing two unearned runs on a pair of hits. Kaleb Merck tossed two scoreless innings with a walk and a strikeout.
At the plate, the Cougar pitching staff held the Frogs to seven hits. The bottom of the order was a combined 0-for-14. Along with Coats' two hits, Bryan Holaday tacked on two. Matt Curry and Josh Elander accounted for the only two RBIs in the game for TCU.
The Frogs looked like it was off and running after jumping ahead 4-0 in the bottom of the first inning, but the bats went silent following the early inning outburst. Jerome Pena drew a lead-off walk and moved to second on a base hit off the bat of Holaday. An infield single off the bat of Coats loaded the bases.
Matt Curry hit a line drive to right field that drove in the first run of the game. An errant throw by the right fielder allowed two more runs to score, making it a 3-0 game and allowed Curry to move to third. Elander delivered with a sacrifice fly to give the Frogs a 4-0 lead.
TCU would have opportunities to extend its lead, but could never find the big hit. In the second, Pena doubled and Holaday walked with two outs, but Cougar starter Chunner Nyberg got a strike out to end the inning.
BYU began its comeback in the top of the third inning as it cut the deficit in half. A dropped fly ball in right field to open the inning put a runner on second base. Dane Nielsen drove in the Cougars first run and scored on a base hit off the bat of Sean McNaughton.
TCU wasted another golden opportunity to add to its lead in the fifth inning as it had two runners in scoring position with only one out. BYU went to the bullpen and Chris Capper was able to retire the final two batters in the inning without allowing a run.
The Cougars used the momentum to inch even closer in the fifth inning. Jonathan Cluff tripled to lead off the inning and scored on Nielsen's second hit of the game to make it a 4-3 contest.
BYU completed its comeback in the top of the seventh inning. Cluff doubled to open the inning and a costly error on an attempted sacrifice put runners on the corners with nobody out. Alex Hancock tied the game with a ground out and a two-out base hit by Brandon Relf gave the Cougars a 5-4 lead.
TCU had the tying run on in each of the final two innings, but couldn't push it across as it fell to the Cougars.
TCU falls to 15-3 on the season and 2-1 in league play. The Frogs hit the road for a Monday evening affair at Dallas Baptist. Game time in Dallas is set for 6:30 p.m.