TCU Lives To See Another Day, Tops UCLA 6-2

June 25, 2010

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OMAHA, Neb. - The TCU Horned Frogs staved off elimination yet again as they handed UCLA a 6-2 defeat Friday afternoon at Rosenblatt Stadium. Matt Purke held the Bruins to two runs and the offense came through with three home runs and were led by Taylor Featherston's three RBIs. With four strikeouts in the game, the pitching staff set a new school record with 548 on the season.

Matt Purke didn't rack up the strikeouts, tallying just two in the game, but he induced 13 ground ball outs to improve to a national-best 16-0 on the season. He allowed just two runs on three hits in 6 1/3 innings with two walks. Pitching on fumes, Tyler Lockwood was brilliant in relief, notching his eighth save of the year. He gave up just one hit in 2 2/3 with a walk and two strikeouts.

Back-to-back singles by Bryan Holaday and Jason Coats got the Frogs rolling in the first inning. A ground out moved the runners up 90 feet. Jantzen Witte worked a walk to load the bases. Taylor Featherston did a great job to work draw a full-count walk to put the Frogs up 1-0.

Aaron Schultz's lead-off double in the second inning translated into another run for the Frogs as they went up 2-0. Jerome Pena came through with the clutch hit, singling to left center to drive in the run.

Pena pushed the lead to three runs with a one out solo home run, his 11th of the season, in the fourth inning.

Purke retired the first 11 batters he faced in the game and 13 of the first 14 before allowing the first base hit of the night. Chris Giovinazzo reached on a bunt single and moved to second on a ground ball out. Brett Krill cut into the Frog lead with a bouncer up the middle that allowed Giovinazzo to score, making it a 3-1 game.

The game got tighter in the seventh as the Bruins worked the count and got some base runners. Cody Regis reached on another infield single. With one out, Justin Uribe worked a walk to end Purke's afternoon. Lockwood came on and got a ground ball to Witte, who made a great play to pick up the second out of the inning. With the bases loaded, Lockwood got Niko Gallego to chop the ball to third. Witte tried to beat the runner to third, but Jeff Gelalich was called safe and a run scored to make it a 3-2 contest.

TCU got some breathing room in the seventh on a big swing from Featherston. Matt Curry led off the inning with a base hit to right and moved to second on a sacrifice by Witte. Featherston unloaded on a Garett Claypool offering and deposited in left field for a 5-2 lead.

Holaday made it a 6-2 contest with a his 15th home run of the season, a solo shot with two outs in the eighth and Lockwood sat down the side in order in the ninth to close out the game.

The Frogs improve to 54-13 on the season. The win sets up a winner-take-all game on Saturday as the Frogs and the Bruins will face off for the right to go to the College World Series championship series. Game time will be determined following the completion of the South Carolina-Clemson game. Should the Gamecocks win, TCU will play at 1 p.m. If Clemson wins, the game will be played at 6 p.m.

Game Notes:
* Matt Purke's 16th win of the season broke Lance Broadway's record of 15 set in 2005.
* TCU hit three home runs in the game giving it 99 on the season.
* The Frogs improved to 38-4 when they score first and 29-4 when they score in the first inning.
* Taylor Featherston has driven in six of the Frogs nine runs scored against UCLA. He has seven total RBIs in the College World Series.
* Jerome Pena homered from the right side for just the second time this season.



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