Aggies Down Frogs 4-1

One of Lupton Stadium's largest crowds ever saw Texas A&M battle from behind to beat TCU (23-15) on Tuesday night. Kevin Allen took the loss for TCU. Kyle Martin won for Texas A&M

TCU dropped a 4-1 decision at the hands of Texas A&M on Tuesday night in front of a crowd of over 5000 at Lupton Stadium. The crowd of 5,214 was the 4th largest in Lupton Stadium history.

Starter Brandon Finnegan turned in his best performance of the year pitching 5 1/3 innings while allowing no runs.

The Frogs held a brief lead when Jantzen Witte hit a home fun to left field. The bullpen could not hold the lead however after Finnegan's departure.

The Aggies out hit TCU 12-3 on the night. TCU lost the lead in the 8th inning when a Chance Bolcerek triple tied the game. A Matt Juengel single scored Bolcerek to put Texas A&M ahead for good.

As the TCU offense sputtered, A&M put two more runs on the board in the 9th inning to garner a 4-1 victory.

Tonight's loss was just the second time this season that TCU lost after holding a lead heading into the 7th inning, and the Aggies snapped the Frogs 7 game home win streak.

Brandon Finnegan is now one of the hottest pitchers on the TCU staff. He has not allowed a run in 15 innings which spans eight appearances.

Postgame Quotes

Jim Schlossnagle

On his first impressions of the game: "They outhit us but we hit a lot of balls hard. Coats squared up a couple of balls that got into the wind and got held up. They had balls that fell in. It was a real good ball game...I sure wish Rob would have put the bunt sign on when they hit the triple. That is what we thought was going to happen, but they swung away and that is part of it."

On TAMU starter Daniel Mengden: "We recruited him too. He committed to Houston then changed his mind to go to A&M. He is a catcher. He is a good player. We knew that he was going to throw fastballs and try to beat our bats, and he did a good job. We were really aggressive. We were swinging early in the counts but that is what we planned to do...They played great defense. Their shortstop [Mikey Reynolds] had a great game."

On TCU starter Brandon Finnegan: "He was pitching on some fumes the last 2 or 3 innings because he hadn't been stretched out very much, but he made pitches when he had to, and I thought our defense in the infield was really good. It was just a really good college baseball game. For us, it's a shame we lost. Especially those last two runs late. It would have been fun to go into that last inning only down 2-1."

On his lineup: "We haven't been able to consistently get guys in the middle of the order hitting the way they are capable of at the same time. That will come. I still believe our best baseball is ahead of us, but it wasn't tonight."

Jantzen Witte

On the pitching: "Finnegan threw a great game. Our defense in the infield particularly played really well, turned some double plays. All around we played well, just didn't get the hits when we needed ‘em."

On TAMU starter Mengden: "He had good stuff. I don't know how hard he was throwing, but it was quick enough to make you miss some balls, and his curveball, think he was throwing a slider, was pretty good too."

On the disappointment of losing in front of big crowd: "The times that we have played A&M I have always had a good time playing them. They play hard, and they travel well, so it is always a loud game. But I thought we played well. Coats hit every ball, every at bat hard, just nothing fell for him. I thought we played pretty well. They just outhit us."

Brandon Finnegan

On coming back as a starter: "After my first outing out of the pen, I did real good so I gained a lot of confidence again. I was kind of nervous to start off the game. I didn't change anything at all mechanically. I don't know what happened in the pen. Me and the pen just clicked somehow...It actually boosted my confidence a lot."

On fatigue going back into rotation: "When I was just relieving, the longest I went was just two innings. About the third inning I got a little tired, but I got over it after that, and just kept battling as good as I could."

On the locker room mood: "It was really down. We all wanted this win probably more than anything. That was the best team that we played probably all year. So we all wanted it pretty big. We thought we played real good, we just needed more hits and we would have won that game."

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