Monday, March 12, 2012
I'm filling in on the TCU-Tech baseball roundup from the weekend so I'll keep it short and sweet as I lack both the wit and the knowledge of our resident guru on all things TCU baseball related.
In Sundays game, TCU extended their winning streak to 4 in a row as Stefan Crichton had another impressive outing, allowing just one run in seven innings on the mound and bringing his record to 2-0. The Frogs took advantage of a Tech error to go up 1-0 in the bottom of the second. After reaching base on a single up the middle, Josh Elander was able to move to third on an errant pick-off attempt. Jerrick Suitor then brought him in with a soft grounder to short. Tech tied it up with a sacrifice fly in the top of the 4th, but once again Elander put the Frogs ahead after reaching base on a single and advancing to third on a balk and a poorly played grounder by a Tech outfielder. Derek Odell hit him in with a ground out. Kaleb Merck was able to close it out with a perfect ninth inning, his third save of the year.
A huge sixth inning helped seal the win for the Frogs in Mondays game and bring their winning streak to 5 games in a row. Preston Morrison moved to 3-0 after coming in as relief for Brandon Finnegan, who had 3 strike outs but allowed 3 runs in 5 hits in his three innings on the mound. Tech jumped to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the 3rd, with a double steal and a two run single bringing in the Tech batters. TCU responded quickly in the bottom of the inning, with Jerrick Suitor and Derek Odell again getting the hits when they were needed, bringing in Elander and Jason Coates to score and make it a 3-2 game. Morrison came in with 2 men on and no outs in the 4th, but was able to get a strikeout and force an unsuccessful sacrifice bunt to keep the Tech lead to only one. The Frog bats came alive however in the sixth. After a triple by Braden Mattson and an RBI single by Keaton Jones, Brance Rivera then knocked in Jones for the go ahead run and the Frogs never looked back. Kyle Van Tungeln and Josh Elander both had singles, while Jason Coates smashed a two run triple to make it a 7-4 Frogs lead. Tech scored once more in the 7th but it was not enough, and Kaleb Merck earned his 4th save with two strikeouts in the 9th.
Overall it was great series for the Frogs and it's a shame that it couldn't be a complete three game series against a Big 12 foe, especially with the weather holding out on Friday night. I guess they teach them how to pull out early in Lubbock.
Posted by Mankdog at Monday, March 12, 2012