TCU Closes Out Home Schedule With 6-4 Win
May 17, 2011
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs closed out their regular season home schedule with a 6-4 victory over Oral Roberts. Kyle Starratt tallied his first career win at TCU and Stefan Crichton notched his fifth save of the season to lead the Frogs to their 23rd win at home in 2011.
Kyle Starratt (1-1) was solid in his second start of the season. He allowed two runs on six hits in six innings of work. The junior didn't walk a batter and struck out four. Erik Miller surrendered two runs on three hits, walked two and struck out four in two innings of work. Stefan Crichton tallied his fifth save, pitching around a walk and a hit.
A lead-off walk to Brance Rivera led to the Frogs first run of the game. Rivera moved to third with nobody out on an errant pick off throw. Jantzen Witte made the error hurt as he lined a single up the middle to give the Frogs a 1-0 lead.
Starratt found himself in a little jam in the second inning after a hit and an error put two runners on base with two outs. He got out of the jam, inducing a fly ball off the bat of Brett Sowers to end the inning.
TCU tacked on a run in the third to open up a 2-0 advantage. Kyle Von Tungeln raced to second on a ball to the right center gap for a one-out double. After another walk to Rivera, Oral Roberts starter Brad Fisher unleashed a wild pitch that advanced both runners 90 feet. Witte collected his second RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly to center.
The Frogs added a pair of runs to their lead in the fourth inning. Another lead-off walk, this time to Josh Elander helped get the Frogs rolling. Taylor Featherston singled sharply to left. Jerome Pena made it a 3-0 game with a single through the right side. Brett Johnson followed with a sacrifice bunt that allowed Featherston to race home for a 4-0 lead.
Oral Roberts crept back into the game in the sixth as it scored twice to make it a 4-2 game. Joey Winiecki singled to lead off the inning and came around to score on a two-out home run to right off the bat of Cam Schiller.
TCU got the runs right back in the bottom of the frame as it regained a four-run lead, 6-2. Elander doubled to open the inning and scored on a base hit off the bat of Joe Weik. An error in the outfield allowed Weik to get to third and he scored easily on a ground out off the bat of Featherston.
Another two runs crossed the plate for Oral Roberts in the eighth as it made it a 6-4 contest. The big blow was a one-out two-run double from Schiller. Miller was able to work out of the jam, getting Chris Williams to strike out to end the inning.
In the ninth, ORU threatened as it put the tying runs on board with only one out, but back-to-back fly outs to left ended the game.
TCU improves to 37-15 on the season. The Frogs will wrap up the 2011 regular season with a three-game series at New Mexico. The series begins Thursday at Noon at Isotopes Park. Matt Purke will get the start for TCU.
TCU Pitcher Kyle Starratt
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TCU Sophomore Third Basemen Jantzen Witte
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