No. 21 TCU holds on for 6-4 victory over Houston
Feb. 11, 2006
HOUSTON, Texas - The No. 21 TCU Horned Frogs improved to 2-0 in the Houston College Classic with a 6-4 win over the Houston Cougars Saturday afternoon. The Frogs jumped on top in the first inning and withstood a late Houston rally to win, 6-4. Chad Huffman and Matt McGuirk drove in two runs with two hits and Jake Arrieta twirled six strong innings to earn his first Division I victory.
After a scoreless first inning by the Cougars, the Frogs wasted no time jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom half of the inning. Bryan Kervin smoked a one-out double and scored on a Huffman base knock to left field to give the Frogs a 1-0 lead. After a walk to Keith Conlon, McGuirk singled in the Frogs second run of the inning.
The Cougars cut the lead in half in the top of the fourth inning, but could have had more if not for a great defensive play in center field by Ryan Pack. Dustin Kingsbury led off the inning with a sharp single through the right side. Kingsbury moved to third after a stolen base and an error and scored on a triple off the bat of Josh Stirneman. Arrieta picked up a key strikeout but walked Bryan Tully to put runners on the corner. Travis Cougot sent a fly ball to center field, but bad base running by Tully allowed Pack to double him off of first to help the Frogs escape the inning with the lead.
The Frogs increased their lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth on a RBI-single from Huffman that plated Steven Trout, who stroked a one-out single through the right side.
A three-run seventh inning gave the Frogs a 6-1 cushion. TCU took advantage of three walks in the inning and played small ball to score the runs. Trout drew a lead-off walk and moved to second on a Kervin sacrifice bunt. Back-to-back walks issued by reliever Shea Hancock loaded the bases for McGuirk. His single through the right side plated Trout and Andrew Walker's sacrifice fly brought home Huffman. Matt Carpenter rounded out the scoring with a RBI-single to left center.
Houston started their rally in the eighth inning, scratching across a run on back-to-back doubles by Isa Garcia and Brad Lincoln. They clawed closer in the ninth as they pushed across two more runs. With the tying run at the plate, newcomer Brent Allar came on and got pinch-hitter Matt Weston to fly out to right to earn his first save of the season.
Arrieta went six innings, surrendering a run on two hits. He walked five and struck out five.
The Frogs will wrap-up play in the Houston College Classic Sunday night as they face the No. 2 Rice Owls. Game time is slated for 6 p.m., but will follow an hour after the completion of the Tulane vs. Texas game.
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