Varsity Tops Alumni, 7-4
Feb. 9, 2013
FORT WORTH - The TCU baseball team capped its annual alumni weekend with a 7-4 victory over the alums Saturday afternoon at Lupton Stadium.
"The opportunity to have the guys come back and see them is a joy," said head coach Jim Schlossnagle. "It's awesome for the young guys to see the legacy of the program."
Five pitchers took the mound for the Varsity squad on Saturday. Trevor Seidenberger got the start and allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits in three innings. He fanned three. Riley Ferrell retired six of the seven batters he faced in his two innings of work.
Alex Young gave up a run on two hits in 1 2/3 innings with a walk and a strike out. Tejay Antone walked two and struck out one in 1 1/3 innings. Andrew Mitchell struck out two in a perfect ninth inning.
Greg Holle stared for the Alumni and pitched two scoreless innings. Kyle Winkler and Kaleb Merck each pitched a scoreless inning. Dillon Farish pitched two scoreless frames as did Kevin Allen. Erik Miller and Trent Appleby each saw time on the mound.
The Alumni jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the third inning. Five straight batters reached with one out to help the Alums build the lead. Jerome Pena got things started with a base hit up the middle. After a Hunt Woodruff single, Pena stole third and scored on a base hit by Kyle Von Tungeln. Taylor Featherston doubled and an error made it 3-0.
A three-spot in the fourth inning by the Varsity got the game tied. Brett Johnson started the rally with a base hit up the middle. He stole second and moved to third on a walk to Jerrick Suiter. A wild pitch from Erik Miller made it a 3-1 game. Back-to-back walks loaded the bases for Kevin Daniels. He worked a walk to pull the Varsity back within one, 3-2. Derek Odell bounced into a fielder's choice to tie the game at three.
Free passes in the bottom of the eighth inning helped the Varsity squad rally to take a 7-4 lead. Brett Johnson drew the lead-off walk and moved to second on an errant pick-off throw. Back-to-back walks loaded the bases with nobody out. Boomer White bounced into a fielder's choice and Johnson beat the throw home to tie the game at four. A wild pitch and a balk gave the Frogs a 6-4 lead. Daniels hit a sacrifice fly to cap the scoring.
"It's as close to a game experience as we get," said Schlossnagle. "The freshmen that you don't know how good they are or the guys that haven't played a Division I game, this is as close as we get to a real game. It's a good dress rehearsal."
The 12th-ranked TCU Horned Frogs will open the regular season Friday, Feb. 15 at No. 13 Ole Miss. Game time at Oxford-University Stadium is set for 4 p.m.