Air Force Outslugs No. 5 TCU, 14-11
March 26, 2010
USAFA ACADEMY, Colo. - The No. 5 TCU Horned Frogs battled back from an early deficit, but couldn't keep the Air Force bats quiet as the Falcons scored in every inning but one to pick up a 14-11 victory. Jason Coats and Joe Weik homered for the Frogs in the loss. Game two of the doubleheader was canceled due to inclement weather.
Matt Purke started for the Frogs and fell victim to some miscues in the field. He lasted just 2 1/3 innings giving up six runs (four earned) on five hits. He fanned five and walked one while committing two balks in the no-decision. Tyler Lockwood (1-2) tossed 3 1/3 innings of relief and took the loss. He surrendered six runs (three earned) on seven hits and struck out two. Trent Appleby surrendered two runs on five hits in 2 1/3 innings of work. He walked one and struck out two.
Air Force put the Frogs in a 4-0 hole after the first two innings as they jumped all over Frog mistakes. Blair Roberts worked a lead-off walk in the first and scored on an Addison Gentry triple. Matt Alexander made it 2-0 with a two-out single and scored on a dropped ball in the infield. A passed ball with runners at second and third in the second allowed the fourth run to score.
The Falcon bats stayed hot as they picked up two more runs in the bottom of the third inning. Alexander doubled and scored on a home run by Garrett Custons.
TCU's bats finally came to life in the top of the fourth as it cut the Falcon lead in half. Coats got things going with his fifth home run of the season. Matt Curry doubled and scored on an Elander triple. Weik made it a 6-3 ballgame with a double.
Gentry got one of the runs back with his fifth home run of the season to keep the Falcons streak of scoring in every inning intact for a 7-3 lead.
Again, the Frogs were able to cut the deficit in half as they pushed across two runs on three hits in the top of the fifth inning. Kyle Von Tungeln led off the inning with a base hit and moved to third on a double off the bat of Pena. An infield single by Coats drove in his second run of the game. Curry hit a sacrifice fly to plate Pena to make it a 7-5 contest.
Air Force got the runs right back in the bottom of the inning on another home run. Custons reached on an infield single and scored on a Travis Lane home run to push the lead back to 9-5.
TCU completed the comeback with four runs on five hits in the top of the sixth. Weik started the rally with a lead-off single and the Frogs loaded the bases with one out. Pena cleared the bases with his second double of the game to pull the Frogs within one and Coats tied the game with his third hit of the afternoon.
An error proved costly in the bottom of the frame as the Falcons turned a two-out error into three runs to regain the lead. The big blow was a two-run double off the bat of Lane that gave Air Force a 12-9 lead.
Weik's second home run of the season in the top of the seventh made it a 12-10 ballgame, but Gentry answered with a two-run shot in the bottom of the inning. His second home run of the game pushed the lead back to four, 14-10.
TCU picked up a run in the top of the ninth on a single by Weik to pull within three. The Frogs sent the tying run to the plate twice, but the Frogs were unable to push across anymore runs.
The Frogs fall to 16-5 on the season and 2-2 in league play. Game two of the scheduled doubleheader was canceled. There will be no game on Saturday as the weather is expected to stay in the area through Saturday night. TCU and Air Force will play again Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. (CST).