Another total effort leads No. 15 TCU to 12-1 win at UCF
Feb. 10, 2007
ORLANDO, Fla. - The No. 15 TCU Horned Frogs picked up their second win of the season with another dominating effort Saturday night at Jay Bergman Field. In the 12-1 victory the offense pounded out 16 hits, while the pitching staff allowed just six hits and the defense played another flawless game. Chance Corgan had an impressive debut for the Frogs to earn his first win of the season and Keith Conlon was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate.
A two-out double from Andrew Walker got the ball rolling for TCU in the top of the first. Following the double, Austin Adams took a pitch off the foot and Matt McGuirk hit a sharp line drive to center to bring home Walker with the Frogs first run of the game. Conlon laced a triple to right center field to clear the bases to put the Frogs up 3-0.
TCU tacked on an unearned run in the second. Steven Trout dropped a bunt down the first base line and came around to score on the first of four Golden Knight errors.
Two more errors by the Knights in the third helped the Frogs build a 6-0 lead. Highlighting the inning was a perfectly executed suicide squeeze from Trout that score Matt Carpenter, who reached on a one-out single.
With a new pitcher on the mound, the Frogs exploded with a five-run fourth inning. After a quick out to open the inning, five straight Frogs reached base. Walker has plunked on the elbow and raced home on an Adams double. McGuirk took the first pitch he was offered off the head to put runners on first and third. Conlon beat out an infield hit and Carpenter drew a walk to load the bases. Trout delivered a two-out two-run single to center and Clint Arnold rounded out the scoring with an RBI base hit.
While the offense was clicking on all cylinders, Corgan was on a roll, never facing more than four batters an inning through five. A lead-off single in the first by Tyson Auer went for naught as he induced a double-play ball off the back of Ryan Richardson to end the threat. A double to open the fourth set up a string of seven straight batters retired by Corgan, including five strikeouts.
"Once Chance caught his rhythm, he was very impressive," remarked Head Coach Jim Schlossnagle. "He pitched ahead in the count and found good command of his breaking ball. I thought the double play that we turned in the first inning was big for his confidence."
TCU scored its final run of the game in the seventh inning. Matt Vern collected a pinch-hit single and moved to second on a Conlon base knock. After a Corey Steglich single, Derek Abriola unleashed a wild pitch to allow Vern to score.
Conlon finished the night a home run shy of the cycle with two singles, a double and a triple. He was also hit by the pitch twice.
"Keith continues to have good at bats and use the entire field," said Schlossnagle. "He is a veteran player and a guy that we really count on to drive in runs."
The Knights lone run of the game was a pinch-hit home run by Ryan Williams in the sixth inning.
Two freshmen made their debuts in the contest as well. Steven Maxwell allowed just one hit in 1.1 innings of work and Tyler Lockwood also twirled an inning. Sam Demel pitched a perfect ninth to close out the win.
"We have obviously made the most of our hits, sandwiching them around the walks, hit batters and errors that UCF has given us," said Schlossnagle. "We need to prove to ourselves that we can sustain this kind of effort over three days in tomorrow's game."
The Frogs improve to 2-0 on the young season. They will go for the series sweep on Sunday with first pitch slated for Noon (CST). Chris Johnson will take the mound for the Horned Frogs.