TCU Hold Off No. 5 Titans to Even Series
Feb. 21, 2009
Fullerton, Calif. - Chris Ellington's RBI-double in the top of the seventh inning broke a 4-4 tie as visiting TCU (1-1) held on to upset No. 5 Cal State Fullerton (1-1) 8-6 Saturday night in the second game of a three-game set at Goodwin Field.
Following Elllington's two bagger, losing pitcher Michael Morrison (0-1) wild pitched the runner to third, then to home to give the Horned Frogs and their starter Sean Hoelscher a lead that they would not relinquish.
Hoelscher (1-0) earned his first victory of the year, working into the seventh inning and striking out eight. It wasn't easy for the Frogs' right-hander as the Titans did touch him up for five earned runs on nine hits, but Erik Miller and Kaleb Merck allowed just one unearned run on one hit over the final three innings to preserve the victory. Merck notched his first save of the year with a quick and scoreless ninth.
Fullerton got on the board first as right fielder Khris Davis avenged a four strikeout ninth on Friday with a solo home run that bounced off the top of the wall and then out of the park with one out in the third inning.
TCU tied the game in the fourth off Titan starter Kyle Witten, who uncorked a wild pitch to bring home Matt Curry from third, then took a 2-1 lead on a Matt Holaday sac-fly to left.
The Titans took the lead back in their half of the fourth, as hot-hitting freshman Nick Ramirez belted and RBI-double off the right field wall and then later scored on a productive RBI-groundball to second off the bat of Joe Scott.
Matt Carpenter and Ellington put up back-to-back one-out hits , each producing a run, that knocked Witten from the game and gave the Frogs a 4-3 lead.
Witten was relieved by Morrison after surrendering four runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings of work.
Ramirez's third double of the young season, and second of the night evened the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the sixth, driving home Josh Fellhauer who was aboard on a bunt perfectly place between the pitcher and first baseman.
The Titans scored in the seventh and again in the eighth, but the Frogs would not surrender, scoring a run in the eighth and ninth to preserve the two run lead.
The Titans got within one run in the bottom of the eighth, but let the small margin inch away as TCU first baseman Matt Curry lost a ball into the Fullerton Arboretum beyond the right field wall off southpaw reliever Kevin Rath to cap the night's scoring.
Gary Brown, Christian Colon, Fellhauer, Davis and Ramirez each finished with a pair of hits for Cal State Fullerton, with Ramirez leading his club with two RBI. TCU's Ben Carruthers was the only player to tally three hits on the night, while Ellington drove home a pair to pace the Frogs.
Freshman Tyler Pill will get the ball for Fullerton on Sunday and he will face off against TCU's Kyle Winkler at 1 p.m. in the rubber game of the series.