No. 8 TCU Dominates In Sweep of UNLV, Wins 7-1
April 25, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas - Behind another strong outing from junior Steven Maxwell, the eighth-ranked TCU Horned Frogs completed their third straight series sweep with a 7-1 win over UNLV. The Frogs pounded out 12 hits in the game, led by three each from Jerome Pena and Brance Rivera. TCU tallied its 30th win Saturday afternoon to improve to 30-8 on the season.
Maxwell (6-0) was masterful on the mound, holding the Rebels to just five hits. He tossed 7 2/3 innings, walked one and fanned a career-high nine batters. Following an infield single in the fourth, Maxwell sent down the final 13 batters he faced in the contest. Greg Holle (1/3 of an inning, one run) and Kaleb Merck (one inning, one walk) closed out the game.
At the plate, Jerome Pena led the charge with three hits, two runs scored and two RBIs. Brance Rivera picked up three hits, drove in a run and scored a run. Matt Curry tallied a hit, scored twice and stole two bases. Josh Elander and Taylor Featherston each picked up two hits in the win.
UNLV threatened to get on the board in the first inning as it loaded the bases on a hit, walk and hit batsman. Maxwell got out of the jam, striking out RJ Arnold looking to end the frame.
The Frogs took advantage of a lead-off double by Curry to take a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Elander hit a long fly ball that allowed Curry to move to third and he scored on a Featherston sacrifice fly.
A lead-off triple of the bat of Pena turned into another run for the Frogs in the third. Aaron Schultz came through with the sacrifice fly to right field to make it a 2-0 contest.
The Rebels put together another threat in the top of the fourth inning as the first two men singled to open the inning. Maxwell got Cash Thomas to hit a pop-up on the infield and Richie Jiminez lined into an inning-ending double play.
Pena kick-started a two-out rally in the bottom of the fifth inning with a single to left. A wild pitch moved him into scoring position and Schultz worked a walk to put two on. Rivera singled up the middle to plate Pena with the third run of the game.
In the sixth, Curry worked a one-out walk and stole second. Elander followed with a single to put runners on the corners. With Elander caught in a rundown, Curry broke from third and stole home to give the Frogs a 4-0 lead.
The Rebels first error of the contest was a costly one as the Frogs extended their lead to 5-0. Rivera kept the inning alive with a two-out single and then stole second. Bryan Holaday struck out swinging and the catcher threw the ball down the right field line, allowing Rivera to score.
UNLV finally got on the board in the top of the eighth inning. Drew Beuerlein was hit by a pitch and scored on a double off the bat of Brandon Bayardi to make it a 5-1 contest.
TCU got the run back and added another as it opened up a 7-1 lead. Elander and Featherston singled to open the inning and moved up 90 feet on a Jantzen Witte sacrifice bunt. Pena smoked the ball up the middle for his third hit of the afternoon, driving in two runs.
The Frogs improve to 30-8 on the year and 11-3 in conference play. TCU will square off in a home-and-home series with Baylor beginning Tuesday night at Lupton Stadium. Game time for Tuesday's contest is set for 6:30 p.m.