TCU Wins Nail-Biter; Tops Siena 2-1 in 11
May 31, 2014
FORT WORTH - Boomer White's two-out single in the 11th inning propelled TCU to a 2-1 walk-off victory over Siena in the Horned Frogs' opening game of the NCAA Fort Worth Regional. The TCU pitching staff struck out a season-high 17 batters.
Cody Jones drew a two-out walk in the 11th and wasted no time swiping his second base of the game. Derek Odell battled to a full count before drawing a walk of his own to bring White to the plate. With a 2-2 count, White lined a single up the middle sending Jones on a mad dash home with the game-winning run.
The 11th inning victory capped an impressive mound performance by both TCU and Siena. Brandon Finnegan got the start for TCU and pitched 7 1/3 innings. He allowed a run on four hits, walked one and struck out 12. The Saints starting pitcher, Matt Gage, matched Finnegan pitch for pitch as he went nine innings, allowing a run on six hits, four walks and striking out five.
Siena forced extra innings when it tied the game at one in the top of the eighth. Andres Ortiz opened the frame with a base hit. With one out, Dave Hoffman lined a triple into right field to drive in Ortiz with the tying run. TCU went to the bullpen and called on Ferrell who got a big strikeout for the second out. Keaton Jones made a run-saving play to end the inning on a ball ticketed for center field off the bat of Vincent Citro.
The Frogs opened the scoring with two outs in the first inning. White lined a two-out double into left field and scored easily on a line drive up the middle from Kevin Cron to give TCU a 1-0 lead.
TCU had opportunities in each of the first five innings to break the game open, but Gage and his defense came up with the plays when Sienna needed them.
In the third, the Frogs loaded the bases with nobody out on two hits and an error. Gage got a strikeout for the first out of the inning then third baseman Justin Esquerra hauled in a blistering line drive off the bat of Jerrick Suiter and turned it into an inning-ending double play.
Finnegan faced just two batters over the minimum through six innings. A one-out walk in the third was erased on a double play. In the fourth, a lead-off single was stranded at second as Finnegan struck out the final two batters of the inning. Hoffman led off the sixth with a double and was stranded at third after a swinging strikeout ended the frame.
After surrendering the eighth inning run to Siena, the Frogs looked poised to regain the lead as they had runners on the corners with only one out. Crain reached on a bunt single, stole second and moved to third on a Suiter base hit. Gage wiggled off the hook once again as he got an inning-ending double play to send the game to the ninth.
With the victory, TCU improves to 43-15 overall and advances to Saturday night's game winner's bracket game against Sam Houston State. The Bearkats defeated Dallas Baptist, 2-1, in the first game of the Regional. TCU will start Preston Morrison, while the Bearkats will send John Simms to the mound. Game time is set for 7 p.m. and will air live on ESPN3.
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