TCU Completes Sweep With 10-5 Victory Sunday

April 3, 2011

Final Stats

FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs scored early and often to secure a 10-5 win over Air Force Sunday afternoon at Lupton Stadium. The victory completes the second sweep of the season for the Frogs. Taylor Featherston paced the offense with four hits and Steven Maxwell tossed seven strong innings for the win.

Maxwell (4-0) allowed a run on three hits in seven innings of work. He walked one and fanned four. Maxwell sat down the first 11 batters he faced and 12 of the first 13. Tony Rizzotti was touched for four runs on four hits with a walk in 1/3 of an inning. Trent Appleby retired all five batters he faced to close out the game.

With one swing of the bat, Jantzen Witte put the Frogs in front in the first inning. His third home run of the season just cleared the left field fence to put TCU up 1-0.

In the third, the Frog bats came to life as the first five hitters reached base. Brance Rivera got the inning started with a base knock. Witte laid down a perfect bunt and Featherston followed with a single to left to load the bases. Jason Coats made it a 2-0 ballgame with a base knock to left. Josh Elander followed with a two-run single through the right side, making it a 4-0 contest.

A two-out rally in the fourth produced another TCU run. With Rivera standing on first, Witte and Featherston stroked back-to-back singles to load the bases. Coats stayed patient at the plate to work a walk, putting the Frogs up 5-0.

Air Force cracked the scoreboard in the sixth inning, scoring a run on two hits. Maxwell plunked Vai Schierholtz with one out. A stolen base and a wild pitch put him on third and he scored easily on a base hit by Nathan Carter. The Falcons looked poised for more damage as Alex Bast doubled to put two runners in scoring position with only one out. Maxwell got a huge strikeout for the second out and Rivera tracked down a soft line drive in right to end the inning.

TCU took the momentum and turned it into another three run inning in the bottom of the frame. Featherston doubled with one, Coats was hit by the pitch and Elander walked to load the bases. Jerome Pena lined a double to right to drive in a pair of runs. A wild pitch allowed Elander to race home, giving the Frogs an 8-1 lead.

The Frogs tacked on a pair of runs in the seventh to take a commanding 10-1 lead. Rivera reached on a hit by pitch to open the inning. Featherston singled to center and a misplay in the outfield allowed Rivera to score all the way from first. Standing on third with two outs, Featherston scored easily on a pinch-hit single off the bat of Kyle Von Tungeln.

Air Force put together a furious rally in the eighth inning, scoring four times on four hits and a walk. The big hit of the inning was a two-run single off the bat of Seth Kline. With a runner on second and only one out, Appleby came on and needed just two pitches to get out of the inning. The senior pitched a perfect ninth to lock up the victory.

TCU improves to 18-9 on the season and 5-1 in league play. The Frogs will host UT Pan American for a pair of midweek contests beginning Tuesday night. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. at Lupton Stadium.

Postgame Quotes:
TCU Head Coach Jim Schlossnagle
On the game, his team's performance this weekend:
"I thought our starting pitching was good all weekend. I thought all of our relievers were effective. What was most impressive to me was getting 16 hits on a day where it was very hard to get hits. From the time we came out of the locker room today we were committed to staying on top of the ball and trying to keep the ball out of the air. We also executed well."

On Steven Maxwell's performance:
"I think he definitely improved, but the game rewarded him as well. He threw just enough strikes, kept the ball down and got a lot of ground balls; we turned a double plays as well. Both he and Matt Purke are about 80-85% of who they are, but they are coming."

TCU Pitcher Steven Maxwell
On his performance:
"Today was a big day for my fastball; I had that going which was different from last week. I was just trying to make adjustments and the slider was there for me when I needed it. I kept my fastball down and that ended up working for me today."

TCU Infielder Taylor Featherston
On the team starting to hit well:
"I feel like we have been on a roller coaster all season long, lots of ups and downs. Everybody is starting to have fun and trust each other. We have a good feeling right now, one through nine (in the batting order), not trying to do too much. Really we are just trying to keep the ball flat since we play in the biggest park in the country, take each day one at a time and not take anything for granted."

Postgame Notes:
Brance Rivera tallied a hit in the third inning to push his hitting streak to 27 games.
• The Frogs were hit by the pitch three times in the game, giving the 40 on the season.
Jason Coats pushed his hitting streak to seven games with a two-hit game.
Taylor Featherston became the sixth Frog to tally four hits in a game this season.
• The first four batters in the lineup were a combined 10-for-18 with nine runs scored and three RBIs.
Joe Weik saw his season-long six-game hitting streak come to an end.



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