No. 4 TCU Explodes In 26-4 Victory
May 9, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Aaron Schultz's career day at the plate helped the Frogs secure the series victory over New Mexico as they exploded for a 26-4 win Sunday night. Schultz went 4-for-4 with two home runs, a double and seven RBIs. TCU connected for a school-record tying nine home runs in the game. The Frogs established a school record with 67 total bases in the contest.
Steven Maxwell (8-0) allowed three runs on six hits in five innings of work. He walked a batter and struck out six. Erik Miller tossed a scoreless sixth inning. Paul Gerrish and Trent Appleby combined to pitch the seventh. Eric Marshall retired all three batters he faced in the eighth, tallying a strikeout. Greg Holle and Kaleb Merck combined to close out the game in the ninth inning.
TCU's bats came to life in the first inning as it jumped all over New Mexico to the tune of an 8-0 lead. Bryan Holaday started a parade of Frogs to the plate as he doubled with one out. Jason Coats unloaded with his 13th home run of the season to put the Frogs up 2-0. Matt Curry followed with a solo blast to left. After Jimmie Pharr worked a walk, Jerome Pena made it a 5-0 contest with the Frogs' third home run of the inning.
Schultz greeted the new Lobo pitcher with a base hit up the middle. Jantzen Witte made it a 6-0 contest with a bloop single to center. Up for the second time in the inning, Brance Rivera walked and Holaday cleared the bases with a two-run double, his second of the inning. In total, the Frogs sent 12 men to the plate and scored eight times on seven hits.
The Lobos picked up a run on a pair of hits as Ryan Honeycutt singled home Justin Howard to make it an 8-1 contest in the bottom of the first.
Schultz's first career grand slam in the second inning gave the Frogs a commanding 12-1 lead. The long home run scored Curry and Pharr, who had singled and Pena, who had walked.
In the third, the Frogs mounted a furious two-out rally to push their lead to 16-1. Pharr and Pena singled to open the inning and Schultz connected for his second home run of the game to left center. For the second time in the game, the Frogs went back-to-back as Taylor Featherston lined his fifth home run of the season over the center field fence.
The duo of Howard and Honeycutt teamed up again in the bottom of the third to pick up the Lobos second run of the game to make it a 16-2 contest. Daniel Gonzalez singled in New Mexico's third run of the game in the fourth inning.
After being held off the scoreboard in the fourth, the Frogs made up for it in the fifth with another three spot to stretch the lead to 19-2. Schultz doubled to lead off the inning and scored on a triple off the bat of Featherston. Witte followed with a two-run home run to left field. The long ball was the third of the season for Witte.
TCU tacked on a run on three hits in the sixth inning to make it a 20-3 contest. Joe Weik delivered a lead-off pinch-hit single. Pharr followed with his third hit of the game. Kyle Von Tungeln drove in the run with another pinch hit single.
The Frogs picked up their 21st run of the game in the seventh inning. Zac Jordan worked a two-out walk and moved to second on Weik's second hit of the game. A walk to Pharr loaded the bases and Davy Wright collected the RBI with a base hit to right field.
A five-spot in the top of the ninth pushed the Frogs to a 26-4 lead. Weik launched a two-run home run to left center and Pharr followed with a solo shot to left for fourth home run of the season. Also tallying RBIs in the inning were Rivera and Jordan.
TCU improves to 36-10 on the season and 16-4 in league play. The Frogs will wrap up a season-long eight-game road trip on Wednesday when they head south to play Texas State in San Marcos. Game time at Bobcat Field is 6:30 p.m.