Saturday, February 20, 2010

Pretty good start

So far, so good. The Frogs won their season opener against Sam Houston last night, 4-0, in front of 3,200+ at Lupton Stadium. It was the largest opening-game crowd in TCU history and the 5th-largest crowd in school history.

The Frog pitching staff, which has been the reason for much of the preseason hype, did not disappoint last night. Starter Steven Maxwell threw four and two-thirds innings of shutout ball, allowing just three hits and striking out six. Even more impressive was the TCU bullpen- Trent Appleby struck out five in his three and a third innngs of relief, while closer Eric Marshall struck out the side in the 9th to put the nail in the Bearkats' coffin.

Offensively, the highlight for the Frogs came on the basepaths, not at the plate. Freshman Josh Elander and sophomore Jason Coats both stole two bases. Coats' first swipe came in the second inning, when it appeared that SHSU had him picked off at first base. They got him in a run-down, and just when it appeared that time had run out for him, he made a certified bad ass evasive move to avoid the tag and slide safely into second. Two plays later he scored the first run of the game.

Matt Purke makes his TCU debut today, with first pitch at Lupton set for 2:00pm.