Frogs Take Possession of First Place

Alex Wolfe homered off one of the few TCU miscues. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- Defending champion No. 10 TCU took over sole possession of first place in the Mountain West Conference, defeating BYU 12-1 on Friday at Larry H. Miller Field.

TCU used the same formula that brought the Horned Frogs success in a 14-8 victory in game one of the three-game series, jumping head early while keeping the Cougar bats largely silent.

Kyle Winkler struck out six for TCU while giving up just one run to improve to 6-0 for the Frogs in front of a home season high of 1,237 fans.

“It’d be nice if they didn’t do one facet of the game well,” said BYU head coach Vance Law. “But they’re not only talented but they also play hard and with enthusiasm. Today we just had it handed to us by Winkler. The only one he missed was the one [Alex] Wolfe hit.”

Wolfe provided BYU’s only run on a home run in the fourth inning. The sophomore’s long ball to center is his sixth homer of the season.

TCU (26-7, 7-3) scored five runs in the first inning and two in the second on a slew of extra-base hits, including a home run by Matt Curry. A two-run homer by Bryan Holaday gave the Frogs a 7-0 lead after just two innings.

The Cougars stuck with TCU over the next six frames, giving up only two runs while adding Wolfe’s round-tripper. Shawn Hardesty came on in relief during that span, striking out two in attempt to give BYU’s offense a chance.

“Hardesty pitched very well for six innings,” Law said. “It kept us somewhat in the ball game, but when you give up five in the first, it’s a pretty big hurdle to overcome. We played hard but we were just beaten by a much better team tonight.”

The BYU defense did well, pulling off a variety of double plays by both the infield and the outfield. In the third inning, rightfielder Jonathan Cluff tracked down a fly ball in foul territory, then gunned down TCU’s Jerome Pena at home plate where BYU catcher Bryce Ayoso easily tagged Pena out.

Stepping in for an injured Sean McNaughton in left field, freshman Mark Anderson played in only his second game as a Cougar, looking comfortable with a sound effort in the outfield.

Bryan Bernal’s double and a single by Brandon Relf were the only two other hits from BYU (16-18, 4-7).

BYU and TCU will complete the series at Miller Park at 1 p.m. on Saturday.


#10 TCU Horned Frogs at BYU

Apr 16, 2010 at Provo, Utah (Larry H.Miller Field)

TCU Horned Frogs 12 (26-7,7-3 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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RIVERA, Brance rf........ 6 2 3 0 0 1 1 0 1

HOLADAY, Bryan c......... 5 2 4 3 0 0 6 0 0

PHARR, Jimmie ph/c...... 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2

COATS, Jason lf.......... 5 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 1

JORDAN, Zac lf.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

CURRY, Matt 1b........... 5 2 2 2 0 0 11 1 0

ELANDER, Josh dh......... 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0

FEATHERSTON, Taylor ss... 4 1 1 0 1 2 0 4 1

PENA, Jerome 2b.......... 4 2 2 1 1 0 3 4 0

SCHULTZ, Aaron cf........ 3 0 1 2 1 1 1 0 0

VonTUNGELN, Kyle ph/cf.. 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

WITTE, Jantzen 3b........ 5 0 2 2 0 1 0 3 3

WINKLER, Kyle p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0

MILLER, Erik p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 43 12 19 11 3 6 27 13 8

BYU 1 (16-18,4-7 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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RELF, Brandon ss......... 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 1

NIELSEN, Dane 2b......... 3 0 0 0 1 0 3 2 0

WOLFE, Alex 1b........... 3 1 1 1 1 1 7 0 0

AYOSO, Bryce c........... 4 0 0 0 0 2 5 3 1

BERNAL, Ryan dh.......... 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

CLUFF, Jonathan rf....... 3 0 0 0 1 2 2 1 1

HALL, Austin 3b.......... 4 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 1

ANDERSON, Mark lf........ 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0

WELLS, Stephen cf........ 2 0 0 0 1 0 6 0 2

NYBERG, Chunner p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

HARDESTY, Shawn p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

PARRY, David p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 29 1 3 1 5 8 27 12 6

Score by Innings R H E

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TCU Horned Frogs.... 520 001 103 - 12 19 1

BYU................. 000 100 000 - 1 3 3

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E - FEATHERSTON(8); NIELSEN(7); AYOSO(5); HARDESTY(1). DP - TCU 2; Cougars

3. LOB - TCU 8; Cougars 6. 2B - RIVERA(4); HOLADAY(11); ELANDER(12);

SCHULTZ(7); WITTE 2(4); RELF(9); BERNAL(6). 3B - COATS(2). HR - HOLADAY(4);

CURRY(8); WOLFE(7). HBP - ELANDER. SB - SCHULTZ(5). CS - PENA(2);

SCHULTZ(3).

TCU Horned Frogs IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP

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WINKLER, Kyle....... 8.0 3 1 1 4 6 26 30 125

MILLER, Erik........ 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 3 4 18

BYU IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP

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NYBERG, Chunner..... 0.2 5 5 3 0 1 8 8 31

HARDESTY, Shawn..... 6.0 10 4 4 3 2 24 27 109

PARRY, David........ 2.1 4 3 3 0 3 11 12 31

Win - WINKLER (6-0). Loss - NYBERG (0-3). Save - None.

WP - HARDESTY 3(4); PARRY(2). HBP - by PARRY (ELANDER). Inherited

runners/scored: HARDESTY 1/0; PARRY 2/0. Pitches/strikes: WINKLER 125/77; MILLER

18/9; NYBERG 31/22; HARDESTY 109/65; PARRY 31/23.

Umpires - HP: Bradley Hungerford 1B: Asa Howard 3B: Ray Belfiore

Start: 6:06 pm Time: 2:48 Attendance: 1237

Weather: Partly cloudy, 72 degrees

TCU Horned Frogs 1st - RIVERA grounded out to ss (1-2). HOLADAY doubled

to left field (3-1). COATS tripled to right field, RBI (0-1); HOLADAY scored.

CURRY homered to right field, 2 RBI (0-0); COATS scored. ELANDER doubled to

right field (3-1). FEATHERSTON struck out swinging, out at first c to 1b (1-2).

PENA reached on a fielding error by 2b (0-2); ELANDER advanced to third.

SCHULTZ doubled to left center, 2 RBI (1-1); PENA scored, unearned; ELANDER

scored, unearned. HARDESTY to p for NYBERG. WITTE flied out to cf (1-0). 5

runs, 5 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

BYU 1st - RELF doubled to right center (3-2). NIELSEN grounded out to 3b

(0-1). WOLFE walked (3-2). AYOSO grounded into double play ss to 2b to 1b

(2-2); WOLFE out on the play. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

TCU Horned Frogs 2nd - RIVERA singled up the middle, advanced to second

on a throwing error by c (1-2). HOLADAY homered to left field, 2 RBI (1-1);

RIVERA scored. COATS singled to shortstop (1-2). CURRY grounded into double

play p to 2b to ss to 1b (0-2); COATS out on the play. ELANDER singled to right

field (1-0). FEATHERSTON struck out swinging (2-2). 2 runs, 4 hits, 1 error,

1 LOB.

BYU 2nd - BERNAL flied out to lf (1-0). CLUFF struck out looking (1-2).

HALL struck out swinging (1-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

TCU Horned Frogs 3rd - PENA singled to left field (1-0). SCHULTZ flied

out to rf (1-2). WITTE doubled down the lf line (1-1); PENA advanced to third.

RIVERA fouled into double play rf to c (3-0); PENA out on the play. 0 runs,

2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 3rd - ANDERSON grounded out to p (2-2). WELLS grounded out to 3b

(1-2). RELF flied out to cf (0-0). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

TCU Horned Frogs 4th - HOLADAY singled to third base (1-0). COATS

grounded into double play ss to 2b to 1b (3-1); HOLADAY out on the play. CURRY

flied out to lf (2-2). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 4th - NIELSEN popped up to 1b (0-1). WOLFE homered to left center,

RBI (0-1). AYOSO struck out swinging (1-2). BERNAL doubled down the rf line

(0-0). CLUFF struck out swinging (3-2). 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

TCU Horned Frogs 5th - ELANDER fouled out to 1b (0-1). FEATHERSTON

grounded out to 3b (0-1). PENA walked (3-0). PENA out at second c to 2b, caught

stealing. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 5th - HALL struck out swinging (2-2). ANDERSON grounded out to ss

(2-1). WELLS walked (3-2). RELF grounded out to 3b (2-1). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

TCU Horned Frogs 6th - SCHULTZ walked (3-1). WITTE flied out to cf

(2-2). SCHULTZ out at second c to 2b, caught stealing. RIVERA doubled down the

rf line (3-2). HOLADAY singled to left field, advanced to second on the throw,

RBI (2-1); RIVERA scored. COATS flied out to cf (0-1). 1 run, 2 hits, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 6th - NIELSEN walked (3-2). WOLFE struck out looking (1-2). AYOSO

grounded into double play ss to 2b to 1b (1-1); NIELSEN out on the play. 0

runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

TCU Horned Frogs 7th - CURRY singled to left field (0-0). CURRY advanced

to second on a wild pitch. ELANDER grounded out to 3b (2-2). FEATHERSTON walked

(3-2). PENA flied out to cf (1-1); CURRY advanced to third. CURRY scored on a

throwing error by p. FEATHERSTON advanced to second on a wild pitch. SCHULTZ

struck out swinging, reached first on a wild pitch (2-2); FEATHERSTON advanced

to third. PARRY to p for HARDESTY. SCHULTZ stole second. WITTE struck out

swinging (1-2). 1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, 2 LOB.

BYU 7th - BERNAL flied out to lf (1-1). CLUFF flied out to rf (0-0).

HALL reached on a throwing error by ss, advanced to second (1-1). ANDERSON

walked (3-2). WELLS grounded out to 2b (1-1). 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 2

LOB.

TCU Horned Frogs 8th - RIVERA struck out swinging (0-2). HOLADAY flied

out to cf (2-1). COATS flied out to lf (0-0). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0

LOB.

BYU 8th - RELF fouled out to 2b (3-2). NIELSEN grounded out to ss (0-1).

WOLFE out at first 1b to p (3-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

TCU Horned Frogs 9th - CURRY flied out to lf (0-0). ELANDER hit by pitch

(1-1). ELANDER advanced to second on a wild pitch. FEATHERSTON singled up the

middle (1-0); ELANDER advanced to third. PENA singled to right field, RBI

(0-0); FEATHERSTON advanced to third; ELANDER scored. VonTUNGELN pinch hit for

SCHULTZ. VonTUNGELN struck out looking (0-2). WITTE doubled to right field, 2

RBI (1-0); PENA scored; FEATHERSTON scored. RIVERA singled up the middle (1-1);

WITTE advanced to third. PHARR pinch hit for HOLADAY. PHARR flied out to cf

(1-1). 3 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

BYU 9th - PHARR to c. JORDAN to lf for COATS. VonTUNGELN to cf. MILLER

to p for WINKLER. AYOSO struck out looking (2-2). BERNAL grounded out to 2b

(2-1). CLUFF walked (3-1). HALL struck out swinging (1-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

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