No. 17 Arkansas Tops No. 18 TCU, 5-2
Feb. 17, 2006
EDINBURG, Texas - The No. 17 Arkansas Razorbacks used a three-run first inning to propel them to a 5-2 victory over No. 18 TCU in the Al Ogletree Classic. The Horned Frogs were held hitless through six innings, but a late-inning rally fell short. Keith Conlon drove in the only two runs of the contest for the Frogs and finished the afternoon 2-for-4. Omar Arif turned in his second strong outing, pitching 2.2 scoreless innings.
Arkansas opened the game up in the bottom of the first, scoring three runs on four hits. The big blow came on a two-out double off the bat of Wayne Hrozek. The wind was blowing hard towards right field and his ball tailed away from the outfielders and dropped just inside the foul line scoring two runs. Brian Walker followed with an RBI double to make it 3-0.
The Frogs had a chance to crawl back in the game in the top of the fourth as the Hogs committed two errors, but Arkansas starter, Nick Schmidt was able to work out of the jam to extend his hitless innings streak to 10. Schmidt (2-0) finished the game without allowing a hit for the second time this season. He pitched six innings, walked one and struck out seven.
An error proved costly in the fourth as the Razorbacks picked up two unearned runs to extend their lead to five. The Frogs escaped the inning when Craig Gentry was caught in a rundown after a sacrifice fly by Danny Hamblin. Austin Adams recorded his first outfield assist of the game when he threw to third trying to catch Gentry tagging from second.
Arif came on in the fifth inning and held the Arkansas offense in check. A lead-off walk in the sixth was erased by Adams as he gunned Blake Parker down trying to advance from second to third on a fly ball.
The offense came alive in the seventh inning as they picked up two hits in the inning. A two-run eighth accounted for the final score. Back-to-back hits from Steven Trout and Bryan Kervin put two on with one out. A Conlon two-out double to deep right brought both runners home, but Arkansas closer Davis Collis came in and shut the door for his third save of the season.
Sam Demel (0-1) suffered the loss for the Frogs as he allowed five runs (three earned) in four innings of work. He struck out five and walked two. Dillon Farish pitched a perfect eighth inning for the Frogs.
TCU (2-3) will return to action on Saturday night as they continue play in the Al Ogletree Classic. They will take on the host school UT-Pan American at 5:00 p.m. Jake Arrieta will take the mound for TCU.