TCU Opens CWS With 8-1 Win Over Florida State

June 19, 2010

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OMAHA, Neb. - The third-ranked TCU Horned Frogs got the 2010 College World Series kicked off in style as they won the opening game by an 8-1 tally over Florida State. Matt Purke struck out seven over seven innings of work and Bryan Holaday tallied three hits in the game. Jason Coats led the production with a game-high three RBIs as part of two hits.

Matt Purke was solid in making his College World Series debut. The freshman tossed seven innings, allowing just an unearned run on four hits. He walked four and struck out seven to improve to a school-record tying 15-0. Eric Marshall pitched two scoreless innings, allowing two walks and striking out one.

The Seminoles jumped out to an early 1-0 lead before the first out of the game was recorded. Tyler Holt singled followed by an infield hit by Sherman Johnson. An errant throw on the play allowed Holt to race home with the first run of the game and put Johnson on third. Purke settled in and struck out the side to leave the runner stranded at third.

TCU wasted no time taking over the contest, scoring five times on six hits in the bottom of the first. Jerome Pena got the ball rolling with a lead-off single. Bryan Holaday followed with a base hit and Jason Coats staked the Frogs to a 2-0 lead with a double to left field. Matt Curry made a productive out that moved Coats to third and Joe Weik came through with a single to right. Jantzen Witte followed with a double and Taylor Featherston made it a 4-0 game with a sacrifice fly. The Frogs capped their five-run inning with a two-out single by Aaron Schultz.

Purke found himself in a little bit of a jam in the third inning after issuing a pair of one-out walks to the top of the Seminoles order. The Frogs caught a break as Mike McGee popped up on the infield with the runners in motion. Tyler Holt was called out on the play after the umpires ruled he didn't touch third before retreating to second on the play.

The Frogs translated that momentum into another run as the lead grew to 6-1. Witte battled back from a 0-2 count to work a lead-off walk. Featherston followed with a walk and both runners moved up 90 feet on a sacrifice bunt by Schultz. Rivera collected his first RBI of the series with a safety squeeze bunt up the first base line.

Holaday tacked on the Frogs' seventh run of the game with the College World Series' first home run. He deposited the Hunter Scantling offering into the waiting hands of the fans in left field bleachers.

Florida State made a valiant attempt to get back in the ballgame in the seventh after Jayce Boyd worked a lead-off walk. Purke fanned Stuart Tapley before surrendering a base hit to Devon Travis to put two on with one out. The freshman worked out of the jam, getting back-to-back ground balls, including one on a 3-2 count to Holt.

TCU pushed its lead to 8-1 with a run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Brance Rivera led off the inning with a base hit to center. He moved to second on a Davy Wright sacrifice bunt and scored on a two-out single by Coats.

The Frogs improve to 52-12 on the season with the victory. TCU will have to wait to find out its opponent as it faces the winner of the UCLA/Florida contest. Game time for Monday's winner's bracket contest is 8 p.m. and the game will air live on ESPN2 in HD.

Game Notes:
* TCU played in front of the largest crowd ever in school history as 23, 649 patrons packed Rosenblatt Stadium.
* TCU improved to 28-4 when it scores in the first inning. It is also 39-4 when tallying 10 or more hits.
* Since returning to the lineup on May 9, Eric Marshall has tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings.
* Aaron Schultz's third-inning sacrifice moved him into a second-place tie with Bryan Kervin for the second-most sacrifices in a single season. He has 18 on the year.
* Jason Coats tallied two hits in the game to give him 97 on the year, tying Chad Huffman for the most hits in a single season. Huffman accomplished the feat in 2004.
* Matt Purke tied Lance Broadway with his 15th win of the season. Broadway went 15-1 in 2005, holding the top spot for the last five seasons.
* For the first time in his career, Matt Purke did not allow an earned run.
* Purke matched his season-high with four walks in the game, done previously on April 30 against Utah and May 7 against New Mexico.
* Rosenblatt Memorable Moment: In the third inning, a beach ball escaped the fans in left field. Jason Coats retrieved the ball and immediately became a fan favorite as he tossed it back into the crowd. When he came to the plate in the fourth, the fans in left field stood and applauded him.



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