No. 8 TCU Holds On For 7-6 Victory Over Baylor

Kyle Von Tungeln was 2-for-2 with two RBIs in the win.


Kyle Von Tungeln was 2-for-2 with two RBIs in the win.

May 11, 2011

Final Stats


FORT WORTH, Texas - After surviving two rain delays that totaled nearly two hours, the No. 8 TCU Horned Frogs pulled out a 7-6 victory over Baylor Tuesday night at Lupton Stadium. TCU tallies its first season sweep of Baylor since 2008.

Following a 91 minute rain delay, the Bears fought back from a 5-2 deficit to tie the game. Baylor scored a two-out run in the fifth as it took advantage of a lead-off walk to Max Muncy. In the seventh, the Bears tied the game on a two-run shot off the bat of Muncy.

The Frogs looked poised to regain the advantage in the bottom of the seventh on a pair of two out hits from Josh Elander and Joe Weik. Another sparkling defensive play by the Bears kept the game tied at five as Jake Miller made a diving catch on a line drive off the bat of Zac Jordan.

TCU finally capitalized on its chances to regain its lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. Taylor Featherston reached on a lead-off single and moved to second on a Jerome Pena sacrifice bunt. Kyle Von Tungeln continued his monster night with a stand-up triple to the gap in right center to give the Frogs a 6-5 lead. On the next pitch, Brance Rivera perfectly executed a suicide squeeze to give TCU the two-run cushion.

The Frogs would need everyone of those runs as Baylor pushed across a run and had two on with nobody out in the top of the ninth inning. After issuing the walk, Crichton got Logan Vick to bounce into a double play, then got Josh Ludy to strikeout to end the game.

Baylor jumped out to the early 2-0 advantage after a 22 minute rain delay in the top of the second inning. Vick led off the frame with a double and Ludy was plunked to put two on with nobody out. With one out, Landis Ware took a pitch off the back to load the bases. Joey Hainesfurther was hit by the pitch to drive in the first run of the game. Cal Towey reached on a two-out infield single to make it a 2-0 contest.

In the third, Baylor starter Brooks Pinckard struggled with his control as he hit Pena and walked Von Tungeln to open the inning. Rivera loaded the bases with a single to right. Jason Coats tied the game with a one-out double to left. Elander hit a sac fly to right and Rivera slid in safely just ahead of the tag to give the Frogs a 3-2 lead.

TCU added to its lead in the bottom of the fourth, tacking on two runs to open up a 5-2 lead. With one out, Featherston smoked a triple to left center. A walk to Pena put runners on the corners for Von Tungeln. The sophomore delivered a single to right and a miscue by the outfielder allowed Pena to race home all the way from first.

Coats looked to have hit a three-run home run, but Vick made a spectacular catch, climbing the wall in center to make the over-the-wall catch, ending the inning.

Nick Frey allowed two runs on three hits in four innings of work. He hit four batters and tallied a strikeout. Trent Appleby surrendered three runs of five hits in 3 2/3 innings of work. He walked one and struck out six. Stefan Crichton (5-2) picked up the win in relief, allowing a run on two hits with one walk and one strikeout.

TCU improves to 34-14 on the season. The Frogs will host a pivotal conference series beginning Friday night when the second-place Utah Utes come to town. TCU will need to win two of three to clinch its sixth straight regular season crown.

Game Notes:
Taylor Featherston hit his 13th career triple with one out in the fourth inning. That ties him for third all-time in school history with Mike Losa who hit 13 from 1988-92. He finished the night 2-for-4.
Joe Weik's seventh inning single extended his season-long hit streak to nine games.
• The six strikeouts for Trent Appleby tie his career high accomplished two other times.
Kyle Von Tungeln's last start came on April 22 against UNLV. His eighth inning triple was his first of the season.
• TCU finished the 2011 regular season with a 10-4 record against the Big 12.

 

 


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