TCU Wins Slugfest, 25-16
May 20, 2011
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The TCU Horned Frogs scored early and often en route to a 25-16 victory over New Mexico Friday afternoon. The victory is the fifth straight for the Frogs. Jantzen Witte tallied a career-high six hits and Taylor Featherston drove in a career-high five runs.
Andrew Mitchell was touched for seven runs on 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings of work. He walked one and struck out one. Trent Appleby (4-1) earned the win in relief. In 4 1/3 innings of work, Appleby gave up seven runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks. Teddy Nowell surrendered two runs on three hits in his lone inning of work.
TCU took control of the game in the first inning as it pushed across five runs on five hits. Witte started the parade of Frogs to the plate with a base hit. He moved to second on a walk to Jason Coats. RBI singles from Josh Elander, Joe Weik, Featherston and Brance Rivera followed to make it a 4-0 game. Featherston and Rivera executed a double steal two account for the fifth run of the inning.
The Lobos cut into the Horned Frog lead, picking up a pair of runs on three hits. RBI doubles from DJ Peterson and Luke Campbell made it a 5-2 contest.
Seven more Frogs came to the plate in the second and three scored to make it an 8-2 contest. An error with one out proved costly for the Lobos as Weik singled home a run and Featherston doubled home two with two outs in the inning.
The Frogs added three more runs in the third to open up an 11-2 lead. Jerome Pena led off the inning with a singled and stole second. Brett Johnson singled home Pena and scored on a base hit off the bat of Witte. Coats followed with a run scoring single. The inning could have continued, except for some bad base running that allowed the Lobos to turn an inning-ending triple play.
New Mexico rallied in the bottom of the third with two home runs that totaled four runs, pulling it back to within five, 11-6. The big blow was a three-run home run by Mitch Garver with two outs in the inning.
In the middle innings, the Frogs tacked on nine runs to build a 20-7 lead. Johnson drove in the lone run in the fourth. In the fifth, a pair of runs scored on a base hit by Elander and a Lobo error.
Six runs crossed the plate in the sixth as the Frogs took advantage of three walks, a hit batter and an error. Coats drove in Von Tungeln to keep the Frogs' streak of scoring in every inning alive. Weik was plunked with the bases loaded and Featherston doubled in two more. He scored on a bases-loaded walk to Pena and Aaron Schultz capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly. After holding the Frogs scoreless for the first time in the seventh, the Lobos put up a six spot in the bottom of the frame to make it a 20-13 contest. Three errors in the inning proved costly to TCU as only two of the runs were earned.
For the third time in the game, the Frogs batted around, sending 10 men to the plate in the eighth inning. Four runs crossed the plate as TCU pushed its lead back to double-digits 24-13. Schultz singled in the first run of the inning and Zac Jordan smoked a three-run home run off the scoreboard in left center. Schultz rounded out the Frogs scoring for the afternoon with a solo home run in the ninth.
New Mexico scored three times in its final three at-bats to account for the final score.
TCU improves to 39-15 on the season and 19-3 in league play. The Frogs will go for the sweep on Saturday afternoon. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. (CST). Erik Miller will take the mound for the Frogs.