Witte's Career Night Guides TCU Past Texas State, 10-5
May 12, 2010
SAN MARCOS, Texas - The No. 4 TCU Horned Frogs picked up a key non-conference victory Wednesday night as they defeated No. 29 Texas State 10-5 at Bobcat Field. Freshman Jantzen Witte put together a career-night at the plate as he tallied two hits and drove in five runs.
Trent Appleby (2-1) picked up the win in relief of Paul Gerrish, who allowed five runs (three earned) on seven hits. Appleby tossed 4 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and striking out four. Tyler Lockwood put together 2 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball, giving up just one hit, one walk and striking out one. Kaleb Merck pitched a scoreless ninth, issuing a walk and striking out three.
At the plate, the Frogs got a solid performance out of Matt Curry, who finished the night 4-for-5 with a run scored and two RBIs. Taylor Featherston, Jerome Pena and Bryan Holaday each notched two-hit nights as well. Brance Rivera picked up two RBIs on the night.
The Bobcats put the Frogs in 2-0 hole in the bottom of the first inning. Kyle Livingstone doubled to lead off the frame and moved to third on a bunt single by Bret Atwood. A walk to Jason Martinson loaded the bases and Jeff McVaney gave Texas State a 2-0 lead with a double to left center. Gerrish limited the damage to the two runs as he retired the next three batters in the inning to keep the deficit at two.
TCU wasted no time getting back in the game as it exploded for six runs on seven hits in the top of the second. Jimmie Pharr got the ball rolling with a solo home run to lead off the inning. Jerome Pena and Aaron Schultz followed with base hits and a Featherston single loaded the bases with nobody out. Witte cleared the bases and put the Frogs on top, 4-2, with a double to center. Rivera doubled home Witte to and Curry smoked a two-out double to left to make it a 6-2 ballgame.
Two errors and four hits translated to three runs for Texas State in the bottom of the inning as it cut the Frog lead to one, 6-5. Livingstone singled in the first run of the frame and was safe on an errant throw on a ground ball off the bat of Atwood. Martinson made the mistake hurt as he singled home two more runs. Appleby came on and retired the final two batters of the inning to hold the Frog lead.
The Frogs milked their lead through the sixth inning as Appleby kept the Bobcats off balance. He pitched around a lead-off single in the third and got an inning-ending double play to erase a one-out single in the fourth. He retired the side in order in the fifth.
A one-out triple in the sixth off the bat of Featherston helped the Frogs stretch their lead to two runs. Witte got the job done as he drove the ball to the outfield for a sacrifice fly and a 7-5 lead.
Curry's 13th home run of the season with two outs in the seventh inning extended the lead to three, 8-5.
Two more runs crossed the plate in the top of the eight as the Frogs doubled up Texas State, 10-5. Pena led off the inning with a double. Featherston was plunked by a one-out pitch to put two on with one out. Witte drove in his fifth run of the game with a perfectly executed hit and run. Rivera sacrifice home Featherston with the final run of the game.
The Frogs improve to 37-10 on the season. They will return home to host Air Force in their final Mountain West Conference series beginning Friday. The two teams need to complete a suspended game which will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday afternoon. The originally schedule series will begin immediately following the completion of the suspended game. TCU needs to win just one of the four games this weekend to clinch its fifth-straight regular season title.