Execution Leads To Big Win For No. 11 TCU
April 1, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas - On a windy night at Lupton Stadium, the No. 11 TCU Horned Frogs used small ball to perfection, handing San Diego State a 4-1 loss. The Frogs laid down six sacrifice bunts and collected a sacrifice fly to set the school record for sacrifices in a game. TCU scored three runs in its final at-bat to break a 1-1 tie.
A pair of freshmen in TCU's Matt Purke and San Diego State's Corey Black went toe-to-toe on the mound in a classic pitcher's duel Thursday night.
Purke was solid in his 7 1/3 innings of work. He allowed one run on three hits, walked three and fanned a career-high 10 batters in the no-decision. The left-hander had a stretch of 14 straight batters retired from the third through seventh inning. Black was equally as strong limiting the Frogs to a run on three hits in 6 2/3 innings.
With the game knotted at one in the top of the eighth inning, the Aztecs looked poised to be the first team to break through as they loaded the bases with one out on a pair of hits and an intentional walk. Trent Appleby (2-1) made the pitch he needed to, getting pinch-hitter Guy Willeford to bounce into the inning-ending double play.
The Frogs translated the momentum into a three-run bottom of the inning to open up a commanding 4-1 lead. Jimmie Pharr got things started with a one-out single up the middle. Taylor Featherston followed with a seeing-eye single through the right side, moving Pharr to third. Brance Rivera bunted the ball down the first base side. Aztec first baseman Jomel Torres attempted to throw out Pharr at home, but his throw was wild and the Frogs had a 2-1 lead. On the play, Rivera went to second and Featherston to third.
Aaron Schultz executed the biggest play of the night as he worked the suicide squeeze to perfection. Rivera scored easily and Featherston slid in ahead of the tag for the 4-1 lead. Appleby worked around a one-out single in the ninth to pick up the win in relief.
The Aztecs had jumped on board first with a two-out run in the top of the first inning. Ryan O'Sullivan drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in the first run of the game.
TCU executed small ball to perfection in the bottom of the second to get the game tied at one. Pharr led off the second with a line-drive double to deep left field. Featherston sacrificed Pharr to second and he scored on a Rivera sacrifice fly.
The Frogs improve to 19-5 on the season and 4-2 in conference play. Game two of the series is set for Friday night. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. at Lupton Stadium. Kyle Winkler will get the start for the Frogs and face the Aztec's Bryan Crabb.