Record-breaking crowd turns out for Horned Frogs baseball

The No. 10 TCU Horned Frogs (24-7) won their fourth straight game against Texas A&M (20-11-1) in front of a record-breaking crowd of 4,375 at Lupton Stadium on Tuesday night.

The senior pitching duo of Paul Gerrish and Tyler Lockwood led the team’s defensive dominance by only allowing one run.

“The defense was the story of the night,” said head coach Jim Schlossnagle.

Gerrish started on the mound and pitched four and a third solid innings, allowing only a solo home run by junior left fielder Joaquin Hinojosa in the fifth.

“When Gerrish finds his fastball on the outer half of the plate, you’ve got to swing the bat to beat him,” Schlossnagle said. “When he starts to elevate the ball in the breaking ball or slider, you know it fast, and that’s why we got him out.”

Lockwood replaced Gerrish in the fifth and inherited two runners with one out, but immediately caused sophomore center fielder Scott Arthur to ground out into a double play.

“(Lockwood is) a strike thrower and he’s even-keeled emotionally,” Schlossnagle said. “He’s been money in the bank since he walked on campus.”

Lockwood (4-2) pitched the remainder of the game and picked up the win in relief.

TCU gathered its first two runs during its first turn at bat. Senior first baseman Matt Curry led the offensive stand by driving sophomore outfielder Jason Coats home on a double to left center and later scored an unearned run on an error by A&M senior shortstop Brodie Greene.

Coats recorded three RBIs in the fifth and seventh innings to establish TCU’s lead.

Sophomore Taylor Featherston scored an unearned run on a throwing error by the Aggies’ junior catcher Kevin Gonzalez in the fifth, but his defensive performance in the final inning ensured the Horned Frogs’ victory.

Featherston made the first out of the inning following his error and snagged a ball up the center to turn a double play to end the game.

“Everyone’s just relaxed as a team,” said Featherston. “We know we’re capable to play with anyone in the country.”