No. 11 TCU Handles UT Arlington, 10-3
March 30, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas - The No. 11 TCU Horned Frogs got back on track Tuesday night with a 10-3 victory over UT Arlington, completing the season sweep of the Mavericks. The Frogs made the most of their hits, scoring 10 times on 11 hits. Matt Curry extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a two-hit night. Taylor Featherston collected three RBIs in the victory.
On the mound, Paul Gerrish made his second midweek start. He allowed two runs on seven hits in four innings of work. In the no-decision, he walked two and struck out three. Tyler Lockwood (2-2) picked up the win in relief, allowing just an unearned run on five hits in three innings. He struck out two and walked one. Walker Kelly and Erik Miller each threw scoreless innings to close out the ballgame.
TCU jumped out to the early lead in the first. Coats started a two-out rally with a double to left and Curry gave the Frogs the early 1-0 lead with a base hit to right.
After flirting with tying the game in the second and third innings, the Mavericks finally found the scoreboard in the fourth. They scored two times on five hits to take a 2-1 lead. Preston Beck tripled to lead off the frame and scored on a base hit by Shane Hopkins. Gerrish got Eric Wright to bounce into a double play for the first two outs of the inning, but four straight Mavericks reached base and the go-ahead run scored on a Jordan Vaughn base hit.
TCU wasted no time regaining the lead as it struck for three runs on two hits and an error in the bottom of the inning. Curry was hit by the pitch to lead-off the frame and moved to third on an Elander double. Maverick right fielder Beck dropped a ball off the bat of Pharr allowing two runs to score for a 3-2 lead. Featherston did a good job getting a bunt down to squeeze home Pharr for the 4-2 lead.
In the top of the sixth, UT Arlington cut into the Frog lead with an unearned run. Michael Choice made it a 4-3 contest with a base hit to score Jesse Payne, who had reached on a one-out walk and was safe at second on a throwing error.
The Frogs responded with another three spot in the bottom of the frame. Rivera walked to lead off the inning and Featherston was plunked to put two on with nobody out. Aaron Schultz executed a two-strike bunt to move both runners up 90 feet. Pena's lone hit of the night drove in Rivera and a throwing error by the second baseman allowed Featherston to score the second run of the inning. Coats' second hit of the night plated Pena for the 7-3 lead.
TCU put the game out of reach in the seventh inning with another three-run frame. With one out in the inning, four straight Frogs reached base. Elander got the rally going with a base hit. Pharr followed with his lone hit of the night and Rivera walked to load the bases. Featherston drove in two runs with a double down the left field line and a balk allowed Rivera to score the final run of the game.
The Horned Frogs improve to 18-5 on the season. They will continue the homestand with a three-game series against San Diego State beginning Thursday night at Lupton Stadium. First pitch for the opener against the Aztecs will be 6:30 p.m.
TCU has now won 14 straight against UT Arlington dating back to 2004.