Furnish throws no-hitter in 13-0 win over Stephen F. Austin
February 19, 2006
EDINBURG, Texas - Brad Furnish threw a seven-inning no-hitter to lead the No. 18 Horned Frogs to a 13-0 win over Stephen F. Austin in their last game at the Al Ogletree Classic. The no-hitter is the first for a TCU squad since Chris Bradshaw threw a nine-inning no-hitter against Hawaii-Hilo on March 23, 2001. It is the eighth no-hitter in TCU history. His 13 strikeouts in the contest are a career high.
Furnish (1-0) was on fire in the early innings, facing just one batter over the minimum through four innings. The lone blemish on his line was a one-out walk in the third inning. He struck out Chase Sadler in the fourth inning to set a new career high with nine strikeouts. Following the walk, Furnish retired 12 straight men before a one-out walk in the seventh. The runner was erased on a double play ending the game. In all, Furnish faced only one batter over the minimum.
TCU wasted no time jumping out to the early lead. Bryan Kervin extended his hit streak to four games with a one-out single in the first inning. Keith Conlon doubled to deep left field with two outs to drive in Kervin, giving TCU a 1-0 advantage after one.
The Frogs added to their lead in the third inning as they picked up two runs on two hits and an error. Steven Trout extended his hit streak to seven with a lead-off single, advanced to second on a sacrifice by Kervin and scored on a base knock from Chad Huffman. Another sacrifice, this time by Conlon advanced Huffman 90 feet and he came around to score on a fielding error by the second baseman. At the end of three, the Frogs were in control with a 3-0 lead.
A pair of freshmen hooked up in the fourth inning to push across TCU's fourth run of the contest. Matt Vern recorded his first career hit with one out in the inning. After swiping second base, Hunt Woodruff drove him in with a single to right center.
TCU put the game out of reach in the sixth inning as they plated nine runs on eight hits, a walk and two errors. Kervin drove in two runs with his second hit of the contest and Matt McGuirk picked up two RBIs in the inning as well. The Frogs also got RBI singles from Matt Carpenter and Woodruff, who singled twice in the inning.
The offense pounded out 16 hits in the contest and six Frogs recorded multi-hit games led by Kervin and Woodruff who tallied three hits in the game. Kervin, Woodruff, Huffman and McGuirk finished the game with two RBIs apiece.
TCU improves to 4-3 with their second consecutive win. They will have the week off as they return home to host Wright State next weekend. The Raiders will be the Frogs eighth opponent of the season in the series opener on Friday night. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. at Lupton Stadium.
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