No. 15 TCU cruises to season-opening win at UCF
Feb. 9, 2007
ORLANDO, Fla. - The No. 15 TCU Horned Frogs put together an impressive outing in their first game of the season as they routed UCF 10-1 Friday night at Jay Bergman Field. TCU pounded out 11 hits and five of them went for extra bases. Three Frog pitchers combined to limit the Golden Knights to a run on just five hits. Matt McGuirk tripled and homered in his first game back since suffering a season-ending shoulder injury a year ago.
Seven men came to the plate in the first inning for the Frogs and three came around to score, giving TCU the early lead. Bryan Kervin got things rolling with a one-out single and moved to second on a fielding error by the left fielder. Andrew Walker battled through an eight-pitch at-bat before coming up with an RBI single to center. A two-out triple off the bat of McGuirk gave the Frogs a 2-0 lead and Keith Conlon rounded out the scoring with an RBI single up the middle.
After a scoreless second inning, the Frogs busted out for four runs in the top of the third to open up a commanding 7-0 lead. Two UCF pitchers struggled to find the strike zone as they combined to issue four walks and hit a batter. Walker and Austin Adams smoked back-to-back doubles to left center to open the inning. McGuirk followed with a walk and Conlon sacrifice both runners up 90 feet, ending Golden Knight starter Kyle Sweat's night.
Carmine Giardina come on in relief, but four of the five batters he faced found their way on base. Matt Carpenter drew a free pass to load the bases and Corey Steglich made it 5-0 with a bases loaded walk. Giardina's struggles continued as he unleashed a wild pitch to plate McGuirk and after he plunked Clint Arnold to reload the bases, he issued his third walk of the game to Kervin. Matt McClung came on for the Knights to pick up the final out of the inning.
UCF's Dwayne Bailey drew a lead-off walk to open the third inning and stole second, giving the Knights their first threat of the evening. With one out, Bailey stole third, but TCU ace Jake Arrieta struck out Ryan Richardson and got Kiko Vasquez to fly out to Adams in right, ending the threat.
The Golden Knights scratched across a run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Bailey singled and back-to-back walks loaded the bases. Brandon Romans grounded out to drive home Bailey with UCF's lone run of the night.
McGuirk led off the ninth with the Frogs first home run of the season. He smashed the Austin Hudson offering to deep center field. Two more runs came home in the inning on RBIs from Steven Trout and Kervin to account for the final score.
Arrieta went five innings to earn his first win of the season. He allowed just one run on four hits, walked three and tallied five strikeouts. Seth Garrison twirled three shut out innings, allowing a lone base hit and striking out four. Cody Dunbar was lights out in his inning of work, picking up two strikeouts.
The Frogs (1-0) return to the diamond on Saturday night against UCF. Game time is slated for 5:30 (CST) p.m. Frog newcomer Chance Corgan will take the mound. The game will only be available live on the internet by logging on to gofrogs.com and visiting the TCU All-Access page.