UCF Rallies For 8-6 Victory In Series Finale
Feb. 11, 2007
ORLANDO, Fla. - A three-run eighth inning gave UCF the come-from-behind victory as it avoided the series sweep with an 8-6 win. The Frogs scored six early runs, but couldn't solve the Golden Knights bullpen in the last five innings and UCF put up seven unanswered runs. Donald Furrow had a strong outing, striking out five batters in 1.2 innings of work.
For the first time in the series, the Golden Knights jumped out to the early lead. After a lead-off single by Dwayne Bailey, the Knights played small ball, sacrificing him to second base. Bailey swiped third base and barely slid in under the tag on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Chadd Hartman for the 1-0 lead.
The Frogs erased the lead in the top of the third inning as they scored four times on three hits. Matt Carpenter led off the inning with a hustle double down the right field line. Steven Trout hit a sharp line drive to center and Clint Arnold was hit by the pitch to load the bases. Bryan Kervin drilled the Jaager Good pitch to right to give TCU its first lead of the game, 2-1. A walk to Andrew Walker again loaded the bases. Good unleashed a wild pitch to plate the Frogs' third run of the inning and Austin Adams hit a ground ball to short to drive home Kervin.
In his first Division I start, Chris Johnson battled through a tough bottom half of the third, but made the pitches he needed to keep the Knights off the board. With runners on first and third, Johnson struck out Hartmann to end the threat.
TCU tacked on two more runs in the fourth to extend its lead out to five. Keith Conlon got the inning started with an infield single and promptly stole second. Trout continued his hot hitting with his fourth straight base knock, driving in Conlon. A walk to Arnold ended Good's afternoon. With a new pitcher on the mound, Trout and Arnold executed a double steal and Trout scored on an error by the second baseman.
The Knights begun to rally as they got four runs back in the bottom of the fifth. They took advantage of three walks, a hit-by-pitch and two singles to climb back into the game. Those two hits in the inning drove in all four runs. Hartman delivered a two-run single to right and Tim Russell also drove in two to make it a 6-5 contest.
Trouble struck for the Frogs in the eighth inning as the Knights loaded the bases with no outs. Sam Demel (0-1) got a big out as he forced Bailey to ground to third as they threw out the tying run at the plate. However, a walk to pinch-hitter Brandon Romans forced home the tying run. An infield single off the bat of Tyson Auer gave UCF the 7-6 lead and the Knights tacked on an insurance run on a passed ball.
The Frogs fall to 2-1 on the season with the loss. They will open the home portion of the schedule with a meeting against Metroplex rival, Dallas Baptist. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. at Lupton Stadium.