San Diego State Silences TCU In A 3-1 Loss
April 3, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas - The San Diego State Aztecs avoided the sweep as they handed the 11th-ranked TCU Horned Frogs a 3-1 loss Saturday afternoon at Lupton Stadium. Steven Maxwell tossed a career-high 8 1/3 innings for the Frogs. Brance Rivera picked up three hits for the second consecutive day.
On the mound, the Frogs got a solid outing from Steven Maxwell. In the no-decision, he allowed one run on four hits in 8 1/3 innings of work. He fanned five and walked three. Kaleb Merck (1-1) took the loss, allowing a run on one hit in 1/3 of an inning.
Mitch Blackburn beat out an infield single to lead off the game. Jordan Van Hoosier sacrificed Blackburn to second and he scored on a two-out single off the bat of Cory Vaughn to give the Aztecs the early 1-0 advantage.
TCU threatened to tie the game on more than one occasion, but couldn't get the big hit to drive in the tying run. Featherston and Rivera connected on back-to-back two out singles in the second inning, but San Diego State starter Ethan Miller got a fly ball out to end the inning.
Maxwell settled into the game, never facing more than three batters until the sixth inning. Bryan Holaday erased the only two base runners the Aztecs had, cutting them down trying to steal in the third and fifth inning.
Another opportunity to knot the game at one came with two outs in the fifth inning. Holaday was hit by the Miller offering and Coats followed with a base hit to put runners on the corners. Vaughn made a diving catch on Matt Curry's bid for a base hit, ending the inning.
Miller worked out of another two out jam in the sixth following a pair of two-out singles by Featherston and Rivera to keep the Frogs off the scoreboard.
The Aztecs put together another threat as they pushed for the all-important insurance run. Blair Moore led off the inning with a bunt single and moved to second on a Jomel Torres sacrifice bunt. Maxwell left him there getting a great defensive play from Featherston at short on a ball hit deep in the hole. He retired Matt Parked on a popout to end the inning.
TCU finally capitalized on its opportunity to tie the game in the eighth inning. Josh Elander led off the inning with a base hit. Jimmie Pharr sacrificed him to second. With two outs, Rivera came through with an RBI single to plate Elander.
The tie wouldn't last as the Aztecs struck for two runs in the top of the ninth to open up a 3-1 lead. With one out, the Frogs went to the bullpen. Merck allowed a base hit to Moore before getting Torres to line out for the second out of the inning. Back-to-back walks issued by Erik Miller loaded the bases. Parker drove in two with a singled to left field to break the tie.
TCU left the game on the bases in the bottom of the ninth inning as it loaded the bases with one out but couldn't push across the tying runs. Holaday was hit by a one-out pitch and Coats followed with a base hit to put two on with one out. Matt Curry worked a walk to load the base, but Aztec reliever John Pecoraro picked up a big strike out and got a pop up to end the game.
The Frogs fall to 20-6 overall and 5-3 in league play. They will wrap up a five-game homestand on Tuesday night as nationally-ranked Oklahoma comes to Lupton Stadium. First pitch for the game is set for 6:30 p.m.
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