TCU Escapes With 8-7 Victory; Wins Series
May 8, 2011
STILLWATER, Okla. - After watching No. 16 Oklahoma State come back from 7-1 down, the No. 8 TCU Horned Frogs got a 10th-inning home run from Zac Jordan to escape with an 8-7 victory. Trent Appleby set the all-time career appearances record with the 89th appearance of his career.
Clinging to a 7-6 lead going to the bottom of the ninth, the Cowboys got a one-out double from Dane Phillips. A passed ball allowed Phillips to moved to third and he scored the tying run on a Zach Johnson sacrifice fly.
The Horned Frogs bounced back though in the top of the tenth inning, regaining the lead on a solo home run off the bat of Jordan. Stefan Crichton (4-2) quickly retired the first two batters in the bottom of the 10th, but a single started a Cowboy rally. After a walk, a wild pitch had the winning run standing at second. Crichton left the runners there as he got Hunter Bailey to fly out to end the game.
Andrew Mitchell turned in another solid performance on the mound. He gave up three runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings and issued four walks, while striking out six. Appleby was touched for three runs (two earned) on two hits and a walk in 2 1/3 innings of work. Crichton earned the win in relief after giving up an unearned run on two hits in two innings of work.
TCU had jumped out to another early lead in the first inning, scoring a pair of runs on four hits. Brance Rivera led off the game with a base hit to left and moved to second on a base knock by Jantzen Witte. A double play ball put Rivera on third with two outs. Josh Elander came through with a big hit to put TCU on top. Joe Weik continued his torrid hitting with a double to left center, scoring Elander from first.
With one swing of the bat, Brett Johnson extended the lead to 3-0 as he connected for his first career home run in the top of the second inning.
Oklahoma State took advantage of a lead-off single to scratch across a run in the bottom of the second. Davis Duren hit a high pop up on the infield, but the bright sunshine caused the infielders to lose it and the ball fell harmlessly to the ground. A walk put two on and Gabe Weidenaar dropped down a sac bunt to move the runners up 90 feet. Luis Uribe grounded out to plate the run to make it a 3-1 game.
In the fifth inning, Cowboy starter Hunter Herrera issued a two-out walk to Witte. He looked to be out of the inning when Jason Coats hit a high pop up in foul territory. Catcher Jared Womack looked to have a bead on it, but it glanced just of his glove, giving Coats new life. He took full advantage of the break as he delivered a two-run bomb to straightaway center for a 5-1 TCU lead.
The Frogs tacked on two more runs in the sixth inning to open up a 7-1 advantage. Taylor Featherston was plunked to open the inning and moved to second on a Jerome Pena sacrifice bunt. Kyle Von Tungeln drove in the run with a double to right center. After he stole third, Rivera drove him in with his third hit of the afternoon, a double to right center.
From there, the comeback was on as Oklahoma State scored five times in the next two innings to pull within one, 7-6. Womack homered and Gabe Weidenaar hit an RBI triple in the sixth to make it 7-3. In the seventh, a one-out walk and error scored on a home run off the bat of Johnson, setting up the final two innings of the game.
With the victory, TCU improves to 33-14 on the season. The Frogs return home to begin their final homestand of the 2011 season. TCU will host Baylor Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m.
Trent Appleby's 89th career appearance broke Tyler Lockwood's record of 88 set from 2007-2010.