Frogs falter in 12-6 loss to No. 2 Rice
Feb. 12, 2006
HOUSTON, Texas - The TCU defense committed four errors in a 12-6 loss to the No. 2 Rice Owls in the final game of the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park. Ryan Pack hit two home runs in the game and drove in four. Three Frogs were named to the all-Tournament squad.
The Owls struck first in the fourth inning. Rice mounted a two-out rally with two hits and a walk. An excuse-me swing by Danny Lehmann landed him on second and a walk to Jordan Dodson put two on. Adam Zornes delivered the clutch hit with a single to center. Furnish struck out Tyler Henley to end the inning.
Andrew Walker broke up a string of eight-straight retired by Rice starter Bobby Bell with a lead-off double to open the fifth inning. A Matt Carpenter sacrifice bunt moved Walker to third. Austin Adams collected his first hit of the season to drive in Walker, knotting the game at one. With one swing of the bat, Ryan Pack made it a 3-1 contest with his first home run of the season.
Steven Trout kept the rally going with a base hit and moved to second on a Bryan Kervin sac bunt. After an intentional walk to Chad Huffman, Keith Conlon singled to bring in Trout, ending Bell's day. The Owls scratched across an unearned run in the bottom of the inning and after five, the Frogs lead 4-2.
The Frogs tacked on two more runs in the sixth inning to extend their lead to 6-2. Pack was on fire as he delivered his second home run of the contest, another two run shot that landed half way up the façade in left center field.
Pinch hitter Josh Rodriguez made it a 6-5 contest with one swing of the bat. The first two batters in the sixth reach base for Rice and Rodriguez delivered with a long home run to left center.
The Owls completed the comeback in the eighth inning, taking advantage of erratic pitching and errors by the defense. The loaded the bases with no outs and Bryan Friday tied the game with a base hit off of Brent Allar. Lehmann was hit with a pitch to drive in the game-winning run. The Owls went on to score six more runs in the inning on three hits and two hit-by-pitches.
Furnish went five innings, allowing five runs (three earned) on seven hits. He walked five and struck out seven. Ferguson took the loss as he gave up three runs (two earned) on two hits. He walked three and struck out one.
The Frogs (2-1) will open the home portion of their schedule when they host Texas State Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.