Bats Power No. 5 TCU to 20-6 Victory Over Air Force
March 28, 2010
USAFA ACADEMY, Colo. - The No. 5 TCU Horned Frogs used a season-high 24 hits and scored 2-runs to defeat Air Force 20-6 in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday. Brance Rivera, Matt Curry, Bryan Holaday and Taylor Featherston homered for the Frogs. Eleven different Frogs tallied a hit in the contest.
Kyle Winkler improved to 4-0 on the season after tossing seven innings for the Frogs. He allowed six runs on seven hits. He walked three and struck out six in the victory. Walker Kelly tossed the final two innings for the Frogs. He allowed one hits, walked two and struck out four.
Offensively, the Frogs were led by a career-day from Featherston. He tallied three hits and drove in a career-high five runs. Holaday picked up four hits, drove in three and scored three times. Pena, Curry, and Rivera all notched three-hit games. Jimmie Pharr and Joe Weik finished with two hits apiece.
The Frogs jumped on top in the first inning, picking up a run on three hits. Pena led off the inning with a base hit and made it to third with two outs. Weik beat out an infield single to drive in the game's first run.
A four-run second inning gave the Frogs a 5-0 lead. Rivera lined a one-out home run over the left field fence to start the rally. With two outs, Holaday drilled a base hit to left field to plate Pena and Matt Curry followed with a two-run home run to cap the scoring in the inning.
Air Force loaded the bases with nobody out on a hit and two walks in the second. Winkler got a big strikeout before giving up a sacrifice fly to Matthew Roberts for the second out of the inning. A wild pitch allowed the Falcons second run of the game to score, but another strikeout ended the inning with the Frogs leading 5-2.
TCU tacked on a run to its lead in the top of the third. Pharr led off the inning with a base hit and moved to second on a Featherston sacrifice. Rivera drove in his second run of the game with a base hit through the left side to make it a 6-2 game.
The Frogs batted around in the top of the fourth and added three more runs to their lead. Holaday singled and Curry walked to lead off the inning. Josh Elander drove in both with a double to right field. He would come around to score on Featherston's first hit of the game to make it a 9-2 contest.
A four-run bottom of the fourth inning got the Falcons back in the game as they pulled within three, 9-6. Matthew Roberts provided the big hit with a two-run double with one out in the inning.
Hoalday walked and scored in the top of the fifth and a two-run single by Jantzen Witte in the top of the sixth gave the Frogs a much more comfortable 12-6 lead.
TCU blew the game open with a five-run eighth inning. Featherston drove in his second run of the game and Pena picked up two RBIs with a double to left. Holaday's second home run of the year drove in Pena and gave the Frogs a commanding 17-6 lead.
TCU improves to 17-5 on the season and 3-2 in league play.