Texas State tops Frogs, 5-1
Feb. 14, 2006
FORT WORTH, Texas - The No. 18 TCU Horned Frogs fell to the Texas State Bobcats, 5-1, on opening night at Lupton Stadium. After taking a 1-0 lead in the second inning, the Bobcats scored five unanswered runs. For the Frogs, they got a strong pitching performance from Omar Arif out of the bullpen. Hunt Woodruff recorded his first career hit, an RBI double in the second.
For the second straight contest, the Frogs jumped out to an early lead, taking a 1-0 lead in the second. Keith Conlon drew a lead-off walk and moved to third on two wild pitches from Bobcat pitcher Kyle Gembler. Woodruff smoked a one-out double to bring Conlon home, but was thrown out trying to leg out a triple.
The Bobcats looked to have tied the game in the third, but an outstanding defensive play in center field by Ryan Pack erased the run at the plate. Dawid Bednarek was hit to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Adam Witek singled up the middle and Pack came up throwing and gunned Bednarek out at the plate.
Texas State scored three unearned runs in the fourth on four hits and a costly error. Luke Cannon hit a sacrifice fly to knot the game at one and a Zach Ashwood wild pitch brought home the go-ahead run.
Pitching dominated the rest of the contest as the Frogs bats went silent. The Bobcats retired 19 straight batters using four different pitchers. They tacked on two more runs in the fifth inning on a home run by Cody Merrell.
Omar Arif pitched three shutout innings, allowing three hits and striking out two. Taylor Cragin made his collegiate debut and retired all four batters he faced.
The Frogs (2-2) will hit the road this weekend when they travel to Edinburg, Texas to take part in the Al Ogletree Classic hosted by UT-Pan American. They will square off against nationally ranked Arkansas on Friday afternoon. Saturday, they will face UT-Pan Am. Sunday will pit the Frogs against Stephen F. Austin, who resurrected their baseball program after a 10-year hiatus.