Crichton Pitches TCU Past Texas A&M, 10-2

June 3, 2012

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs continued to swing hot bats and Stefan Crichton had a career day on the mound as TCU eliminated Texas A&M with a 10-2 win Sunday afternoon. Crichton tossed his first career complete game and TCU scored seven two-out runs.

Crichton improved to 9-2 as he gave the Frogs just what they needed, a complete game. He allowed just two runs on six hits with one walk and four strikeouts. The sophomore needed just 108 pitches in the game and face more than four batters in just two innings. The Frogs played flawless defense and turned a pair of double plays behind him.

TCU scored in each of the first six innings as it built a 9-2 lead. With two outs in the first, Kevin Cron singled and moved to second on an error in the outfield. Jantzen Witte made the miscue hurt as he singled to left field to give the Frogs a 1-0 lead.

Another Aggie error in the second inning gave the Frogs their second run of the game. With two outs and Rivera standing on third base, Kyle Von Tungeln lined a single up the middle to drive in Rivera.

Chase Statum started a rally for the Aggies as he reached on a one-out infield single. Scott Arthur followed with a double just over the outstretched glove of Jerrick Suiter in left to put two in scoring position with just one out. Tyler Naquin doubled to right center to drive in the tying runs. He was left stranded at second as Crichton got a strikeout and a ground out to end the inning.

TCU wasted no time regaining a lead it would never relinquish. Derek Odell worked the count to 3-1 and thought he had drawn a walk. The umpire called him back to the plate to face a 3-2 offering from Daniel Mengdon. Odell launched the offering into the right field bullpen for a 3-2 lead.

Three more two-out runs crossed the plate in the fourth as the Frogs pushed the lead to four, 6-2. Von Tungeln worked a two-out walk, stole second and scored on a base hit up the middle by Josh Elander. Cron followed with a long two-run blast to left field for his third home run of the Regional.

Odell got things started in the fifth inning with a base hit to center. Suiter walked and both runners moved up on a sacrifice bunt from Josh Gonzales. Rivera came through with a double to center to drive in two more runs. A two-out triple by Von Tungeln made it a 9-2 contest.

Two more Aggie errors in the seventh led to the Frogs' 10th run of the game. With the bases loaded and two outs, Elander hit a ball to the shortstop. He couldn't make the play and Rivera scored his third run of the ballgame.

Following their two-run third inning, the Aggies never had a runner pass second base. They only sent more than three batters to the plate in one inning and that came in the fifth as they had two on with one out. From that point, Crichton faced the minimum number of batters and allowed just one hit. He sat down 13 of the last 14 batters he faced. The only one to reach was Mikey Reynolds who had a bunt single. Reynolds was erased on a line drive double play started by Witte.

TCU improves to 38-20 overall. TCU advances to the championship game to face Ole Miss at 6:35 tonight. The Frogs will have to win to see another game.

Game Notes:

    • TCU advances to the championship game for the fourth time in school history. Previously, the Frogs have advanced in 2007, 2009 and 2010.
    • Stefan Crichton pitched his first career complete game. In two games pitched against Texas A&M, Crichton is 1-0 with a save. He earned the save on April 19, 2011 with a scoreless inning.
    • Crichton's complete game was just the second of the season for the Horned Frogs. Preston Morrison pitched the only other complete game on May 19 against San Diego State.
    • TCU matched a season-high with seven stolen bases. Previously, the Frogs stole seven against Manhattan on April 28. Six different Frogs (Kyle Von Tungeln (2); Josh Elander, Derek Odell, Jantzen Witte, Jerrick Suiter and Brance Rivera) stole a base.
    • Kyle Von Tungeln and Jerrick Suiter stretched their hitting streaks to six games.
    • Kevin Cron has homered in three straight games.
    • Cron has put together four straight multiple-RBI contests. He has nine RBIs in the last four games and 14 in the last six games.
    • The Horned Frogs have hit a home run in six straight contests.
    • Kevin Cron has homered in three straight games.
    • The Horned Frogs have hit a home run in six straight contests.
    • Brance Rivera drove in two more runs today to give him eight in the last two contests.
    • Since the sixth inning of Saturday's ballgame, the Frog offense has outscored opponents 32-5.
    • Seven of TCU's 10 runs today were scored with two outs.
    • Kyle Von Tungeln tallied his team-leading 21st multi-hit game of the season.