June 6, 2010
With the loss, Baylor (36-24) earned a second-place finish in the Fort Worth Regional, while TCU (49-11) advanced to the Austin Super Regional where it will take on Texas next weekend.
Baylor starting pitcher Craig Fritsch was dominant through his first four innings of work, striking out seven and allowing just a pair of singles, but the Horned Frogs finally got to him in the fifth.
Jerome Pena drew a one-out walk, Brance Rivera followed with a double and Taylor Featherston brought both runners around to score with a triple down the right-field line. Bryan Holaday followed with a sacrifice fly, giving TCU a 3-0 lead that would prove to be insurmountable.
TCU starting pitcher Steven Maxwell matched Fritsch with zeroes in each of the first four innings, but his biggest outs came in the fourth, when he stole all the momentum away from the Bears after Baylor put runners on the corners with no one out.
Brooks Pinckard tripled and Joey Hainsfurther drew a walk, but Maxwell struck out Cal Towey and got Raynor Campbell to ground into an inning-ending double play. The missed opportunity came back to bite the Bears, as TCU took the lead with its three-run outburst in its next trip to the plate.
Fritsch settled down and held TCU scoreless in the sixth, but the Bears couldn't mount a rally against Maxwell. Landis Ware's infield single leading off the sixth was just the third hit of the game for the Bears, and he was quickly erased on another groundball double play.
TCU extended its lead in the seventh when Fritsch issued a two-out walk and gave up a RBI triple to Jason Coats. Pinckard moved from center field to the mound to get the last out of the inning, but the Horned Frogs added another insurance run in the eighth against Pinckard to build their lead to 5-0.
Fritsch (2-4) took the loss after giving up four runs on eight hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in 6.2 innings - tying the longest start of his career.
TCU took advantage of a Baylor error to plate four more runs in the ninth, putting the game well out of reach at 9-0.
Maxwell (11-1) earned the win after holding the Bears scoreless on three hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts in 8.0 innings.
The Bears closed out their season with a 36-24 record. Baylor made its 11th regional appearance in the last 13 seasons, and the Bears played in the championship round of a regional for the first time since the 2006 Houston Regional.