Frogs falter at Coastal Carolina, fall 11-6
Feb. 23, 2007
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The No. 12 TCU Horned Frogs dropped their opening game of the Baseball at the Beach tournament by an 11-6 score to No. 30 Coastal Carolina (8-0). The Chanticleers built an early lead and withstood a late TCU rally to snap the Frogs four-game winning streak. Bryan Kervin led the Frogs offensively with a three hits and Austin Adams hit his team-leading second home run of the season.
Coastal Carolina jumped on top in the first inning, taking advantage of a TCU miscue to get the early 1-0 lead. Dom Duggan reached on an error and scored on a two-out base hit by Tommy Baldridge.
TCU wasted no time evening the game at one as Adams lined the first pitch of the second inning over the right field fence for his second long ball of the season.
After holding the Chanticleers scoreless in second, the Coastal Carolina bats came alive in the third as they struck for three runs on four hits. The big blow of the inning was a two-out two-run double off the bat of Matt Rademacher. Another five runs crossed the plate in the bottom of the fourth as Coastal Carolina opened up a commanding 9-1 lead.
The two teams traded runs in the fifth. Clint Arnold was hit by the pitch to open the inning and moved to second on a passed ball. A base hit by Kervin moved Arnold to third and he scored on a Steven Trout ground ball. A Duggan RBI single got the run back for Coastal Carolina.
The Frog bats finally came to life in the seventh inning as they scored four times on six hits. Adams started the inning with a base hit, but was erased on a fielder's choice. Following the out, the Frogs connected for five consecutive hits. Matt Vern picked up his second hit of the game to move Keith Conlon into scoring position and he scored on a Ben Carruthers base hit. Arnold's lone hit of the game plated Vern. A Corey Steglich base hit loaded the bases and Kervin drove in two with a double to center field. Chanticleer reliever Pete Andrelczyk settled in and retired the final two batters of the inning, stranding two runners in scoring position.
Jake Arrieta (2-1) suffered his first loss of the season, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits in three innings. He struck out three and walked one.
The Frogs (6-2) will return to the diamond on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. (CST) for the first of two contests on the day. The first game will pit the Frogs against UNC Wilmington, with the night cap coming against Notre Dame at 3 p.m. (CST).