June 25, 2010
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TCU forces Saturday
game against UCLA
By Phil Stanton
OMAHA, Neb. – Maybe ground balls are more
democratic, as Crash Davis professed.
left-hander Matt Purke (right) pitched 6.1 solid innings as TCU
topped sixth-seeded UCLA 6-2 Friday afternoon in Game 11 of the
2010 College World Series in front of 22,334 fans at Rosenblatt
The teams will meet again on Saturday to
determine one of the participants in the CWS Championship
Series. Game time has not yet been determined.
Purke (16-0) allowed three
hits and two earned runs with two walks and two strikeouts.
“I thought Matt did a good job of making pitches
when he needed to,” said TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle. “His
fastball was really sinking. Normally he’s a strikeout guy, and
today he was getting a lot of ground balls and we made the plays
Purke rolled 14 ground-ball
outs among the 19 outs he recorded, and a leadoff hitter did not
reach until the seventh.
“They really rely on getting the first guy on and
being able to do stuff, hit and run, bunt, things like that, put
pressure on you. You really have to focus on getting the first
guy out and then keep going from there.”
The Frogs got on the board in the bottom of the
first as Bryan Holaday and Jason Coats had back-to-back one-out
hits. Jantzen Witte walked to load the bases and Taylor
Featherston drew a base on balls to bring home Holaday with the
TCU added a run in the second as Aaron Schultz
ripped a leadoff double and scored on a base hit by Jerome Pena.
In the fourth, Pena lined a one-out homer to left
to give the Frogs a 3-0 advantage.
“I was behind in the count again and battling,”
Pena said. “I was guessing inside fastball. I got it and put a
good swing on it.”
Purke was rolling along
through the first four innings before Chris Giovinazzo reached
on a bunt single with one out in the fifth. He moved to second
on a fielder’s choice and scored on a base hit by Brett Krill.
Cody Regis had a leadoff single in the seventh
against Purke and moved to second when pinch-hitter Trevor Brown
drew a one-out walk. Tyler Lockwood relieved Purke and allowed a
fielder’s choice, a walk and a fielder’s choice to plate the
second run for the Bruins. Lockwood fanned Beau Amaral to end
TCU tacked on two huge insurance runs in the
bottom of the seventh. Matt Curry had a leadoff single and was
sacrificed to second. Featherston crushed a homer to left, his
eighth, to give the Frogs a 5-2 cushion. Holaday added a dinger
in the eighth, his 15th, to give TCU a 6-2 advantage.
Lockwood pitched the final 2.2 scoreless innings
with one hit, one walk and two strikeouts to earn his eighth
“We had a ton of ground-ball outs,” said UCLA
head coach John Savage, “and you’ve got to give Lockwood a ton
of credit as well. He came out and threw the ball extremely
Bruin starter Rob Rasmussen (11-3) allowed six
hits and three earned runs in 4.1 innings with three walks and
Featherston had two hits,
two walks and three RBI for the Frogs.
Regis had two hits and a run for UCLA.
(photo courtesy of TCU Media Relations Office)