TCU Walks Off With 2-1 Extra Inning Victory Over Manhattan
April 27, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas - With the bases loaded and only one out, Jason Coats came through with an RBI single to give TCU a 2-1 win over Manhattan in 10 innings on Friday night. The Horned Frogs' defense was key to victory as they turned two double plays in the win.
Preston Morrison was outstanding in 7 1/3 innings of work. The freshman allowed just one run on six hits with four strikeouts. Kevin Allen (3-2) earned the win in relief with 2 2/3 scoreless innings. He fanned three and gave up one hit.
A lead-off walk to Derek Odell in the 10th inning proved costly for the Jaspers. Attempting to throw Odell out at second on a sacrifice attempt, the Jasper's threw the ball into center field to put two on with nobody out. Kyle Von Tungeln advanced both runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. An intentional walk to Josh Elander loaded the bases with one out. Coats singled through the drawn-in infield to bring home Odell with the game-winning run.
TCU took the early 1-0 lead in the fourth inning. It was a lead-off walk to Elander that got the Frogs off and running. Coats reached on an infield single and a one-out intentional walk to Jerrick Suiter loaded the bases. Kevin Cron hit a long sacrifice fly to left field to drive in Elander with the first run of the game.
Morrison worked around a lead-off single in the fourth, but couldn't do the same in the fifth inning as Manhattan tied the game. Andrew Gorecki led off the frame with a single and was standing on third after a pair of ground outs. Joe Rock singled to center field to drive in Gorecki with the tying run.
The Jaspers looked poised to take their first lead in the game after an Anthony Vega lead-off triple in the sixth. With runners on the corners and nobody out, the Frogs brought the infield in. Keaton Jones made a great defensive play to throw out Vega at home as he tried to score. On the very next play, Ramon Ortega lined out to center for the second out. Von Tungeln turned the catch into an inning-ending double play as he threw a strike to third to get the runner trying to advance.
Another solid defensive play from the outfield put an end to another Jasper threat. Rock reached on a one-out single in the 10th. On an apparent hit-and-run, Yoandry Galan hit a fly ball to right field. Rock couldn't make it back to first before Brance Rivera threw to Brett Johnson to end the inning, setting up Coats' 10th-inning heroics.
The Horned Frogs improve to 24-15 overall. Game two of the series is set for Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. Andrew Mitchell will toe the rubber for the Frogs. He will face the Jaspers' Michael Scarinci.
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