Offensive Surge Leads No. 11 TCU To Victory
April 2, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas - An offensive outburst from the 11th-ranked TCU Horned Frogs to an 11-5 victory over San Diego State Friday night at Lupton Stadium. Brance Rivera led the offensive charge with three hits and Jerome Pena drove in a career-high four RBIs.
On the mound, Kyle Winkler went four innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits. He struck out four and walked two in the no-decision. Tyler Lockwood (3-2) picked up the win in relief, tossing five innings. He surrendered one run on five hits, struck out four and walked three.
Mitch Blackburn provided all of the offense for the Aztecs in the early innings as he connected for two home runs in the first three innings to give San Diego State a 2-0 lead.
With one swing of the bat, Pena tied the game at two as he drilled a two-run shot over the right center field fence for his fifth home run of the season. Aaron Schultz had reached on bunt single with one out in the third inning.
Chris Wilson gave the Aztecs back the lead as he hit a two-run shot to left field in the top of the fourth inning. Blair Moore reached on an error and scored on the home run to make it a 4-2 contest.
The seesaw battle ensued as the Frogs erased the deficit and turned it into a 5-4 lead. Josh Elander singled and Jimmie Pharr worked a walk to open the inning. A double off the bat of Rivera cut the lead in half as Elander crossed the plate. Schultz worked a walk to load the base and Pena lined a two-run single up the middle to give the Frogs the lead.
Again, the Aztecs had an answer as Jomel Torres doubled home the tying run with two outs in the fifth inning. San Diego State threatened to add more runs, but Lockwood left the bases loaded getting Wilson to strike out to end the inning.
Rivera's second home run of the season put the Frogs back on top where they would stay.
TCU busted the game open with a five-run seventh inning. Coats doubled to open the inning and Curry walked. An Elander sacrifice moved the runners up 90 feet. The Aztecs intentionally walked Pharr to load the bases for Featherston, who delivered a clutch two-run single to left field for an 8-5 lead. Rivera followed with an infield single and Schultz grounded out to drive in a run for a 10-5 advantage. An Aztec miscue allowed Rivera to score the final run of the game for TCU.
Lockwood shut the door on any rallies the Aztecs may have started, holding them scoreless the final four innings of the game.
TCU improves to 20-5 on the season and 5-2 in league play. The Frogs will go for the series sweep Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Steven Maxwell will take the mound for the Frogs and face the Aztecs' Ethan Miller.