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Sunday, June 6, 2010
Fort Worth Day 3: TCU moves on

By Josh Davis

FORT WORTH, Texas -- After a weekend of hot baseball on the field and hot temperatures in Fort Worth, TCU remains in the hunt for a trip to Omaha.

The Horned Frogs used a fantastic start from pitcher Steven Maxwell to beat Baylor, 9-0, and move on to face Texas a a super regional matchup next weekend in Austin. Baylor overcame a good start from the Arizona Wildcats to win the early game, but the Bears are done for the year after elimination Sunday night.

* In the early game, Baylor starter Willie Kempf pitched a gem after letting Arizona score two runs in the second.

Kempf pitched eight innings, allowing seven hits but just two earned runs and striking out eight with no walks.

After shortstop Alex Mejia gave the Wildcats the early lead on a double, Baylor brought one run in on a sacrifice fly to bring the score to 2-1 after three innings. Then both starting pitchers put on a show, allowing no runs until the seventh.

Arizona starter Tyler Hale lasted seven innings, giving up three hits and two earned runs while striking out seven and walking four.

In the top of the seventh, Hale gave Baylor the game-winning run on a wild pitch. The Bears added an insurance run in the eighth on left fielder Logan Vick's RBI single to make the final 4-2.

Vick led the Bears with two hits, a run and an RBI, while first baseman Max Muncy chipped in two hits and two runs.

Mejia added two hits and two RBIs for the Wildcats, who also got significant contributions from first baseman Cole Frenzel (one hit, one run) and left fielder Robert Refsnyder (one hit, one run).

* Later, the Bears got a very good start from Craig Fritsch (6 2/3 IP, eight hits, four earned runs, eight strikeouts), but Maxwell was outstanding for TCU.

The right-hander pitched eight innings of three-hit, scoreless baseball with 10 strikeouts and two walks.

The Frogs thumped closer Brooks Pinckard, who attempted to close his second game of the day after playing center field most of both games for the Bears. Pinckard lasted two innings, giving up six hits and five earned runs.

TCU shortstop Taylor Featherston, the regional MVP, led the Frogs with three hits, two RBIs and one run. Left fielder Jason Coats (two hits, one run, one RBI) and third baseman Jantzen Witte (one hit, one run, one RBI) also helped out.

Baylor third baseman Joey Hainsfurther was the only Bear with a multi-hit game (two hits).