Complete Effort Leads No. 5 TCU To Victory
March 23, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas - A complete effort in all phases of the game guided No. 5 TCU to a 4-0 shutout victory over Texas State Tuesday night at Lupton Stadium. Paul Gerrish was solid in his first start of the season, limiting the Bobcats to just six hits on the night. Josh Elander led the offensive charge with three hits and Taylor Featherston scored two runs.
Gerrish (1-1) tossed a season-high 5 2/3 innings. He didn't allow a run, issued one walk and fanned two. Trent Appleby was equally solid in his 3 1/3 innings of work for his first save of the season. He faced the minimum of 10 batters and allowed just one hit, which was erased on a double play.
At the plate, the Frogs picked up 12 hits and scored four times. Along with Elander's three hits, Featherston tallied two as did Bryan Holaday and Matt Curry. Holaday, Elander and Brance Rivera were responsible for the team's three RBIs.
The Frogs had a chance to push across the game's first run in the first inning, but couldn't come up with the big hit needed as they stranded two runners in scoring position. Curry's 10th double of the season moved Holaday to third with two outs. Texas State starter Brian Borski worked out of the jam with a strike out to end the frame.
Rivera provided the spark in the second inning, staking the Frogs to a 1-0 lead. Featherston kept the inning alive with a double to right field with two outs. Rivera laced a ball to third base that bounded into left field, plating Featherston with the first run of the game.
Texas State threatened to tie the game in the third with two two-out singles. Holaday pounced on a little tapper in front of the plate off the bat of Kyle Kubitza to end the inning with the lead intact.
They added to their lead in the fourth inning, scoring once on one hit. Aaron Schultz was hit by a Borski pitch to lead off the inning. Featherston executed a hit-and-run to move Schultz to third and he scored on a double play ball off the bat of Rivera to give TCU a 2-0 lead.
Three straight hits in the fifth produced the Frogs third run of the game. Jason Coats singled with one out and moved to third on a base hit by Curry. Elander drove home Coats with a bouncer up the middle for a 3-0 lead.
After the Bobcats dipped into their bullpen in the sixth inning, Featherston was able to work a lead-off walk. Rivera sacrificed him to second and he scored on a two-out base hit off the bat of Holaday.
Appleby did an excellent job shutting down the Bobcats offense the rest of the way. He retired the first seven batters he faced. An infield single to open the ninth inning was erased on a double play ball and he got Shaun Garcia to ground out to end the game. He finished the night with three strikeouts.
TCU improves to 16-4 on the season. The Frogs will hit the road for the first time in conference play as they head to the Air Force Academy. The three-game series is slated to begin Friday afternoon in Colorado Springs, Colo. Game time is set for 3 p.m. (CST).