June 19, 2010
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Holaday, Purke help TCU
top Florida State
By Phil Stanton
Neb. – The suspense was over after one.
The Horned Frogs took control with five runs in
the first, and freshman lefty Matt Purke (right) pitched seven strong
innings as TCU topped Florida State 8-1 in the opening game of
the 2010 College World Series in front of 23,649 fans at
The Frogs (52-12), victorious in their first
College World Series game, will face the winner of Saturday’s
Florida-UCLA game on Monday at 8 p.m. CT. The Seminoles (47-19)
will meet the loser at 1 p.m. Monday in an elimination game.
“Great win for us,” TCU head coach Jim
Schlossnagle said. “I thought that Matt threw really well when
he had to. I thought the first inning was a difference-maker.”
FSU got on the board in the
top of the first. Tyler Holt reached on a leadoff single and
came around to score as Sherman Johnson had an infield single
that was followed by a two-base throwing error.
With Johnson on third and no outs, catcher Bryan
Holaday went out to calm Purke. The lefty
responded by striking out three straight, all swinging, to keep
“After the error was made,” Holaday said, “I went
out there and I said, ‘Hey, this is all on you. Just regroup.
You’ve done it all year.’ Matt made some really good pitches and
he did what he had to do to get out of the inning.”
The Horned Frogs erupted for five in the bottom
of the frame. Jerome Pena and Holaday had consecutive singles to
spark the rally. After squaring around and letting two pitches
go by, Jason Coats lined a double down the left field line to
give TCU the lead. Joe Wiek added a RBI single, Taylor
Featherston had a sacrifice fly and Aaron Schultz chipped in a
run-scoring base hit as the Frogs built a 5-1 lead.
“It take the pressure off of you,” Purke said of
the early four-run cushion, “and you’re able to just go out and
throw and just compete, and that’s what we’ve done all year
Jantzen Witte walked and
scored on a suicide squeeze in the third. Holaday (left) homered in the
fourth, his 14th, and Coats added a RBI single in the eighth as
TCU pushed the advantage to 8-1.
While TCU was adding to its first-inning total,
Purke was putting up zeroes against FSU. Purke finished with
four hits and one unearned run in seven innings with four walks
and seven strikeouts. He improved to 15-0 on the season.
Holaday went 3 for 5 with two runs. Coats
finished with two hits and three RBI.
Holt and Johnson both had a hit and a walk for
“That’s just a credit to TCU,” FSU head coach
Mike Martin said. “They did a great job of playing defense and
making quality pitches. From our side, we didn’t make an error.
You might just say we got our butts whipped, plain and simple.”
(photos courtesy of TCU Media