Schlossnagle earns career win No. 200 in victory over No. 27 Oral Roberts
Feb. 16, 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas - Behind a solid effort from his ball club, Head Coach Jim Schlossnagle earned his 200th career victory as No. 16 TCU held on for the 2-1 victory over No. 27 Oral Roberts. Another impressive performance on the mound shut down the potent offense of the Golden Eagles as three TCU pitchers limited them to a run on six hits. Bryan Kervin was the offensive star with three hits and a key RBI.
"It's a big win for us," said Schlossnagle. "You had two very good teams, great competition and a regional atmosphere. I thought both bullpens did a great job. Sam (Demel) was good on Tuesday night and it was the same thing tonight."
In a pitching match-up that featured two of the best arms in collegiate baseball, TCU's Jake Arrieta (2-0) was able to out-duel the Oral Roberts' Chris Ashman. Arrieta held ORU scoreless through six innings of work. He limited the Eagles to four singles, struck out eight and walked one. Ashman (1-1) gave up two runs on eight hits in five innings. He fanned four and walked one.
"Jake was good tonight, better than he was last week," remarked Schlossnagle. "He didn't have his breaking ball early on, but that wasn't in our game plan anyway. I think our ballpark was a big factor in the game and worked to our advantage, especially on that ball hit by (Chad) Rothford in the eighth inning."
The Frogs came out of the gates swinging as they had five hits in the first two innings. They hit pay dirt in the second inning as the Frogs strung together three singles to take the early 1-0 lead. Matt McGuirk led off the frame by dumping a single into right field, but he was erased on a ground ball off the bat of Keith Conlon. Matt Carpenter ripped the ball to right field to put two on with one out and Steven Trout came through with an RBI-single through the left side.
Arrieta battled through a tough third as he had the bases loaded with two outs. Marcus Tackett drew a walk to lead off the inning and moved to second on a one-out base hit by Pat Warfle. Arrieta fanned Brendan Duffy before an error loaded the bases. Austin Adams made a great catch on the warning track to help Arrieta escape the inning without allowing a run.
TCU tacked on an insurance run in the fifth inning to take a 2-0 lead. Ben Carruthers picked up his first hit of the game to open the inning and moved to second on a Clint Arnold sacrifice. Bryan Kervin bounced a ball down the left field line for a double that scored Carruthers.
Oral Roberts cut the lead in half in the eighth inning. Duffy doubled and Tyler Warmerdam singled to put runners on the corner with no outs. Donald Furrow, appearing in his third straight contest, bore down and induced a sacrifice fly off the bat of Brian Van Kirk.
Bidding to take the lead, ORU's Chad Rothford hit the ball as far as you could hit it without clearing the fence, but Conlon was there to track down the long fly ball for the second out of the inning. Demel worked around a two-out error, striking out Kelly Minissale on a ball in the dirt to kill the rally.
A perfect 1-2-3 ninth inning sealed the Frog victory as Demel picked up his first save of the 2007 campaign. He recorded three strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings of work.
The Frogs (4-1) and the Golden Eagles (2-1) will hit the field on Saturday in game two of the three-game series. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. at Lupton Stadium. Chance Corgan will take the bump for TCU and face ORU's Marcus Thackett.