No. 8: TCU Wins CWS Opener 8-1

Matt Purke allowed just one unearned run in the CWS opener.

Matt Purke allowed just one unearned run in the CWS opener.

Feb. 27, 2013


FORT WORTH - Entering the 10th season of the Jim Schlossnagle era at TCU, gofrogs.com will travel back in time to bring you the top 10 games of his coaching tenure.

Each Wednesday we will bring you another memory from the past nine seasons of TCU Baseball. The list was compiled with the help of the TCU media relations department and radio announcer Chuck LaMendola.

No. 8 on the list is TCU's dominating victory in the College World Series opener against Florida State. The Frogs defeated the Seminoles 8-1 behind a solid pitching performance from freshman Matt Purke and an 11-hit attack from the offense.

June 19, 2010: No. 3 TCU 8, No. 7 Florida State 1

Omaha, 2010 - The No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs opened up their College World Series appearance in 2010 with an impressive 8-1 win over Florida State.

A shaky start to the contest saw the Frogs surrender a first inning run to the Seminoles, but that's all they would get. After a lead-off single by Tyler Holt, a base hit from Sherman Johnson followed. On the play, a two-base throwing error allowed Holt to score for a 1-0 lead. With Johnson standing on third and nobody out, freshman phenom Matt Purke fanned the next three batters to get out of the jam.

TCU wasted no time erasing the bad memory of the first inning as it put up a five spot in the bottom of the frame. TCU needed just three at-bats to claim a lead it would never relinquish.

Jerome Pena got the Frogs rolling with a lead-off single. After a base hit from Bryan Holaday, Jason Coats doubled knocking in a pair of runs for a 2-1 lead. With one out, Joe Weik singled home Coats. Weik was standing on third with one out when Taylor Featherston delivered a sacrifice fly. Aaron Schultz capped the scoring in the inning with a run-scoring single through the left side.

Omaha is a place where memories that last a lifetime are made. For TCU's Jason Coats it was no different as he instantly became a fan favorite in the top of the third. A beach ball escaped the fans in the outfield and drifted onto the field of play between innings. Coats beat the field crew person to the ball and tossed it back into the crowd. He received an ovation from the appreciative fans.

Getting back to live action, TCU added a run in the bottom of the third to pus the lead to 6-1. Jantzen Witte drew a lead-off walk and scored on a safety squeeze off the bat of Brance Rivera.

In the fourth, Holaday hit the CWS's first home run to help the Horned Frogs build a 7-1 lead.

The last run for the Frogs would come in the eighth when Brance Rivera would cross the plate after a two out single by Coats.

Purke pitched shutout baseball from the first out to the last out in the seventh. He struck out seven and walked four to earn his 15th win, tying Lance Broadway's win total from 2005. Eric Marshall pitched lights out for two innings to wrap up the Frogs' first-ever win in the College World Series.

Reflecting on the first game of the CWS, Featherson remembers the unbelievable atmosphere at the historical Rosenblatt Stadium. TCU played in front a raucous crowd of 23,649 fans. His fondest memory of the opening game was a play that wound up on SportsCenter's Top 10. A hotshot hit to Witte at third deflected of Witte's body and right into the bare hand of Featherston at short. Featherston wasted no time unloading a strike to first base to record the out.

 

 


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