TCU Stumbles At Baylor, 14-4
April 28, 2010
WACO, Texas - The No. 5 TCU Horned Frogs saw their four-game winning streak come to an end with a 14-4 loss at Baylor Wednesday night. The Bears jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and the Frogs could never recover. Aaron Schultz collected his fourth home run of the season and drove in two runs. Relly Mercurio notched his first career hit in the loss.
TCU had a chance to take the early lead in the top of the first, but stranded two runners. Bryan Holaday singled with one out and moved to second on a walk to Matt Curry. Baylor starter Willie Kempf got a ground ball to end the inning.
The Bears translated the momentum into a four-run bottom of the first. With one out, three straight batters singled and Joey Hainsfurther gave the Bears a 1-0 lead. Chris Slater capped the inning with a two-run single to put the Bears up 4-0.
Baylor continued to add to its lead in the second, scoring two runs on three hits to open up a 6-0 lead. Tyler Collins and Hainsfurther tallied the RBIs in the inning.
Holaday got the Frogs on the board in the third inning as he delivered a home run to left center. The long ball was his seventh of the season, making it a 6-1 contest.
Dan Evatt answered in the bottom of the inning with a home run to restore the six-run lead.
Another four spot in the bottom of the fourth put the Frogs in a 11-1 hole. Slater, again, had the big hit, a two-run, two-out single up the middle.
The Frogs went to their bench in the fifth and sent up five pinch hitters. Zac Jordan led off with a double and eventually scored on a single by Mercurio to make it a 10-2 contest.
Davy Wright collected a one-out single in the sixth inning and scored on Schultz's homer to pull the Frogs back within seven, 11-4.
Baylor scratched across three more runs in their final three at-bats to close out the game.
Greg Holle was charged with his first loss of the season and falls to 2-1 on the season. He was touched for six runs on seven hits in 1 1/3 innings of work. Trent Appleby, Erik Miller and Kaleb Merck also saw time on the mound in the loss.
TCU falls to 31-9 on the season. The Frogs will continue an eight-game road swing when they travel to Ogden, Utah for a three-game conference series against Utah. Friday's series-opener is slated for 7 p.m. (CST).