Pitching Dominates in 2-0 Win Over UT Pan American

April 5, 2011

Final Stats

FORT WORTH, Texas - Erik Miller and Andrew Mitchell combined to hand UT Pan American a 2-0 loss as the TCU Horned Frogs stretched their winning streak to four games. Josh Elander and Jantzen Witte drove in the lone runs for the Frogs.

Miller (1-5) was outstanding in just his second start of the season. He held the Broncs to seven hits over seven innings, didn't walk a batter and struck out four. Mitchell tallied his second save of the season with two scoreless innings. He allowed one hit, one walk and struck out two.

Jason Coats reached on a bunt single in the second inning and moved to second on an errant pick-off throw. With two outs, Elander lined a single up the middle to give the Frogs the early 1-0 advantage.

Miller allowed two-out hits in the third through fifth innings, but each time made the pitches he needed to hold onto the 1-0 lead. In the sixth, the Broncs got a pair of one-out base hits, but Miller came through with a ground ball and the Frogs turned an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play to get out of the jam.

The Frogs spoiled a golden opportunity to extend their lead in the sixth inning. Broncs starter Luis Flores loaded the bases with Frogs, plunking Aaron Schultz, Witte and Pena. Similar to Miller, Flores had the out pitching working and got Elander to pop out to end the inning without allowing a run to cross the plate.

TCU's defense once again came up big in the seventh inning after Vincent Mejia singled to lead off the inning. Miller induced a pop up on the infield then got Colton Van Komen to bounce into the inning-ending double play.

Flores' fifth hit-by-pitch proved to be one too many as the Frogs turned it into their second run of the ballgame. Featherston became the fifth victim with one out and raced home run first on a double down the left field line off the bat of Witte to give the Frogs the all-important 2-0 lead.

Mitchell pitched around a lead-off walk in the ninth to lock up the victory for TCU.

The Horned Frogs improve to 19-9 on the season. The series will continue Wednesday night at Lupton Stadium. Kyle Starratt will make the start for the Frogs beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Postgame Quotes:
TCU Head Coach Jim Schlossnagle
On the game:
"I thought we were good coming into the game. If you were sitting in the stands you might have thought we were lackadaisical, but it's a crazy game. I told the team to have a good season we have to be able to win games in a variety of ways and all I know is three weeks ago these were the games we were losing. I was proud of the way we pitched, Erik Miller helped us out by going at least seven tonight and he did that."

On the second run:
"That run in the eighth was big. That was Andrew Mitchell's first time to pitch in a close game with us winning by a couple instead of being down a few runs. I was glad he got that out of the way."

TCU Catcher Josh Elander
On the performance by UTPA Starter Luis Florez:

"He was working in and out of the zone, we were popping his breaking ball up in the air. It was really slow, he was leaving it on the inside part of the plate and what happens is batters lose their front side and can't get it. We need to stay with our middle of the field approach which usually comes through in those situations."

TCU Pitcher Erik Miller
On his performance:
"I felt comfortable on the mound, was able to keep my fastball down for the most part. Most of the hits came when I got my fastball up. My slider was working, I could spot it up well, and I felt pretty good overall."

Postgame Notes:
Brance Rivera's 27 game hitting streak came to an end with an 0-for-4 day at the plate.
Jason Coats extended his hitting streak to eight games. He finished the night 1-for-4.
• TCU tallied its third shutout of the season (2-0 @ Baylor on Feb. 22 and 7-0 @ Texas Tech on March 4).
• The four hits in the game were a season-low for the Horned Frogs.
• TCU was hit by the pitch a season-high five times.
Taylor Featherston was hit by the pitch for the 12th time this season.
• TCU improves to 7-2 on this current 13-game homestand.



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