TCU Storms Back To Even Series; Tops Houston 16-10

Brance Rivera drove in four runs with four hits Saturday.

Brance Rivera drove in four runs with four hits Saturday.

March 26, 2011

Final Stats


FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs staged a furious comeback from a 9-2 deficit to post a 16-10 victory over Houston Saturday afternoon. The Frogs used a seven-run sixth inning to erase the Cougar lead. Brance Rivera drove in four with four hits and extended his hitting streak to 22 games.

Trailing 9-2 heading to the fifth inning, the Frogs staged their most furious comeback of the season. Rivera got the rally started with a solo home run in the fifth to make it a 9-3. The Frog bats came storming back to life in the seventh inning as they exploded for seven runs on seven hits to take a 10-9 lead.

Three straight doubles to open the seventh inning pulled the Frogs back within four, 9-5. Jantzen Witte led the frame off with a double and scored on a double off the bat of Jerome Pena. Joe Weik greeted the new Cougar pitcher with a double to drive in Pena. Zac Jordan cut the deficit in half with a one-out two-run home run to left field. Rivera and Aaron Schultz collected back-to-back singles and Taylor Featherston was hit by the pitch to load the bases. Jason Coats jumped on the first pitch he saw and cleared the bases with a double down the left field line to put the Frogs on top 10-9.

TCU added to its lead with a pair of runs in the seventh. With two on and one out in the inning, Rivera smoked a single down the left field line to give the Frogs a 12-9 advantage. Houston got a run back in the top of the eighth on a base hit by M.P. Cokinos to make it a 12-10 contest.

In the bottom of the frame, the Cougar defense committed three costly errors that led to four more TCU runs. Witte singled home Coats, who had reached on a lead-off error. He came around to score on another Cougar error on a ball hit by Weik. Jordan collected his third RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly that plated Pena. Rivera capped the scoring with a double to left that gave the Frogs a 16-10 advantage.

Trent Appleby (2-1), who had come on in relief in the fifth inning, allowed a two-out single in the ninth, but got Landon Appling to foul out to secure the Horned Frog victory.

For the second straight game, the Frogs jumped out to an 1-0 early lead in the first inning. Schultz doubled to right center with one out and moved to third on a ground out. Coats was hit by the pitch and Witte drew a walk to load the bases. Pena worked an eight-pitch walk to drive in the first run of the game.

With one swing of the bat, Cokinos tied the game as he led off the second inning with a home run to tie the game at one. Matt Purke pitched around a walk and a hit-by-pitch to keep it a 1-1 contest.

Houston gifted the run back to the Frogs in the bottom of the inning with a costly two-out miscue. Rivera was plunked with two outs and stole second. Schultz hit a sharp grounder to third and he threw wide of first to allow the Frogs second run of the game to score, giving TCU the 2-1 lead.

Two costly errors in the fourth led to three Cougar runs. With one out, three straight batters reached on two errors and a hit. Appling was hit by the pitch to tie the game and Caleb Ramsey drew a walk to give Houston the 3-2 lead. A sacrifice fly from Chase Jensen made it a 4-2 contest.

The Cougars batted around in the fifth inning to open up a 9-2 lead. A one-out error in the inning proved costly as Houston scored three unearned runs in the frame. The big blow was a two-run bloop single off the bat of Jensen.

Purke surrendered five runs (two earned) on four hits. He walked two, hit two and struck out five in five innings of work. Appleby picked up the win in relief. He gave up five runs (one earned) on six hits in five innings of work. He struck out two and walked one.

The Frogs and the Cougars will play the rubber match of the series Sunday afternoon at Lupton Stadium. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. Steven Maxwell will make his sixth start of the season for TCU.

Postgame Quotes:
TCU Head Coach JimSchlossnagle
On getting the win today:

"I told the team that I thought today's game was about pride. When we got down 9-2, I got the team together and just told them, "We can't control things that happened in the past. If there was ever a day to come back, in this park, it is today." We were able to get some balls in the air, string some hits together. I thought Appleby (Trent) caught his stride on the mound once he got going."

On this game possible turning this season around:
"We will see.We had five errors today and didn't have great starting pitching so it's hard to say. It tells you a lot about your club when you are down 9-2 and you find a way to win. The past never equals the future, so we will see how we play tomorrow. Only time can tell. At the end of the season, we will look back on this time and either laugh at it or it will have defined who we are. Every team is different, this is not the 2009 team or the 2010 team, this is the 2011 team. After you play 60 games you will know what the makeup of the team is. I don't think it is what we are now, but for some reason the game is hard for us right now."

TCU Pitcher Trent Appleby
On the win today:
"It is a huge win. Hopefully we can build off of it. Coming back from down 9-2 to win the game shows our pride, we didn't want to give up. Hopefully this can be a turning point for us."

TCU Outfielder Jason Coats
On the team's performance:
"We came out kind of slow today, but nobody was really too worried because we were putting good swings on the ball. Then we scored seven runs, we started to see the ball well and we started stringing some hits together."

TCU Outfielder Brance Rivera
On his recent hot streak:
"I am just trying to take the same approach each time up to the plate. I step up to the plate with confidence and I know that I will put a good swing on the ball. As long as you have confidence things are going to be in your favor."

Game Notes:
Brance Rivera extended his hitting streak to 22 games in the fifth inning with a solo home run. That ties for the longest hit streak under head coach Jim Schlossnagle. Chad Huffman had 22-game hitting streak in 2006.
Aaron Schultz extended his hitting streak to eight games with a double in the first inning. He finished the night 3-for-6.
Jantzen Witte extended his hitting streak to seven games with a double in the sixth inning. Witte was 2-for-4 on the afternoon.
Zac Jordan's home run in the sixth inning was the first of his career.
• The seven-run sixth inning is the highest-scoring inning of the season for the Frogs. The previous high was five, done twice.
• TCU scored in double figures for just the second time this season.
• TCU has tallied double-digit hits in each of the last five games.
• TCU committed a season-high five errors in the victory.

 

 


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