No. 16 TCU completes sweep with 8-4 win over No. 27 Oral Roberts
Feb. 18, 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas - The No. 16 TCU Horned Frogs completed the series sweep with an 8-4 victory over No. 27 Oral Roberts Sunday afternoon at Lupton Stadium. A four-run sixth inning propelled the Frogs to victory. Austin Adams led the charge with three hits and two RBIs. On the mound, Chris Johnson picked up his first win in a Horned Frog uniform.
A couple of breaks in the first inning helped Oral Roberts jump out to an early 3-0 lead. Brendan Duffy led off the game with a seeing-eye single and moved to second on a base hit up the middle by Jake Kahaulelio. A walk to Brian Van Kirk loaded the bases for Brian Rothford, who drew another walk to give the Eagles the lead. Two more runs crossed the plate before Johnson was able to pick off Kelly Minissale to end the inning.
TCU inched back into the game with single runs in the first and second innings. Bryan Kervin was hit by the pitch to lead off the bottom of the first. An Andrew Walker single pushed Kervin to third where he scored on an Adams sacrifice fly.
After two quick outs to open the second, ORU starter Michael Jarman struggled with his control as he issued four straight free passes in the form of three walks and a hit-by-pitch. Steven Trout drew the bases-loaded walk to make it a 3-2 contest.
The comeback was completed in the fourth inning as the Frogs pushed across two runs on two hits, helped along by two Golden Eagle errors. Corey Steglich bunted his way on base to start the rally and promptly stole second base. Another infield single off the bat of Kervin moved Steglich to third, but a misplay by the second baseman allowed Steglich to race home with the tying run, ending Jarman's afternoon.
On the very next play, reliever Jerry Sullivan threw an errant pass to the first base that sailed down the right field line, allowing Kervin to advance to third. A passed ball brought home Kervin with the go-ahead run.
Following his first-inning struggles, Johnson settled into a nice rhythm and twirled four scoreless innings, allowing just two base runners. He went five-plus innings, surrendering three runs (two earned) on two hits, walked two and fanned six.
The Frogs exploded for four runs in the sixth inning as they took advantage of another costly error by the Golden Eagles. Kervin reached on an error by the second baseman to open the frame. With one out, Walker was plunked for the second time in the game to move Kervin into scoring position for Adams, who delivered the base hit up the middle. A fielder's choice off the bat of Matt McGuirk erased Adams at second, putting runners on the corner. Matt Carpenter followed with a base hit to center to make it a 6-3 contest. A Clint Arnold two-run single gave TCU a commanding 8-3 lead.
Oral Roberts manufactured a run in the seventh inning to account for the final score.
Seth Garrison earned his first save of the season with four innings of work. He allowed just one run on two hits and recorded three punch outs.
The Frogs will head to Myrtle Beach, S.C. next weekend to take part in the Baseball at the Beach Classic hosted by Coastal Carolina. The four-game trip begins Friday afternoon with a match-up against their host at 11 a.m. (CST).