Jason Coats' RBI single finally delivered a 2-1 victory for TCU over Manhattan in the 10th inning, but the glaring fact that the game-winner was just the 4th base hit of the night for the Frogs makes one even more thankful that the ever-steady pitching staff and continually-improving defense were there to bail this team out once again last night.
True freshman Preston Morrison, the third different Horned Frog to fill the Friday night starter role this season, struck out 4 and spread 6 hits in his 7+ innings of 1-run work. Junior reliever Kevin Allen came on to retire the last 8 batters of the game, allowing just one base runner in an effort that gave him his 3rd victory of the year.
On defense, the Frogs played 10 innings of error-free ball- and a sensational play in the top of the final inning helped erase Manhattan's scoring threat. Brance Rivera caught a one-out line drive in right field, and threw behind the runner to double him off as he tried to get back to first base- ending the inning and setting up the eventual TCU game-winning rally.
Taylor Sewitt, the Manhattan starter, came into the game with a 3.79 ERA and an opposing batters' average of .257. Last night, he went 9 full innings allowing 1 run on just 3 base hits. I suppose a win is a win- and a win over a team with an RPI of #186 is definitely better than a loss to to that same team, but this is the kind of offensive output that isn't going to cut it in the postseason.
Hopefully the pitching and defense continue with a rejuvenated offensive performance in the rest of this series, which continues this afternoon at 4:00pm.
-The men's and women's tennis teams will both be playing in the semifinals of the MWC Tournament today. The men, who took down UNLV 4-1 in yesterday's quarterfinals, take on top-seeded Boise State at noon. The women, who had a first round bye due to their regular-season title, take on Wyoming at 4:00pm.
-The men's 4x100 relay team, featuring Skye Dawson, ran a 40.89 to qualify for the finals at the Penn Relays. The team is rounded out by Charles Silmon, O.J. Stoneham and Mark Barnes. Junior Cameron Tabor finished 3rd in shotput and 7th in discus.