TCU falls 11-5 in season opener

Ben Carruthers had three hits in the game.

Ben Carruthers had three hits in the game.

Feb. 22, 2008

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FORT WORTH, Texas - No. 14 Cal State Fullerton handed the TCU Horned Frogs an 11-5 season-opening loss Friday night at Lupton Stadium. The Titans jumped out to an early lead and the Frogs could never recover as they fell to 4-1 in season-openers under Head Coach Jim Schlossnagle. Ben Carruthers was the offensive star, going 3-for-5 at the plate with an RBI.

The Titans stacked themselves to a 5-0 lead in the first three innings, doing most of their damage with two outs. Erik Komatsu was responsible for driving in three of the five runs as he laced a sacrifice fly in the first inning and smoked a two-run triple in the second.

TCU starter Seth Garrison (0-1) was able to limit the damage with two big strikeouts to end the first and second, but couldn't get out of the third inning. He surrendered four runs on five hits, walked one, hit three and struck out two in his first start since undergoing "Tommy John" surgery less than a year ago.

The Frogs tried to start a comeback as they plated a run in the fourth inning on a pair of hits. Clint Arnold led off the frame with a single followed by a Carruthers base knock to put two on with nobody out. A balk from Fullerton starter Jeff Kaplan advanced the runners 90 feet. Matt Carpenter grounded out to drive in the Frogs first run of the game.

Paul Gerrish, making his Horned Frog debut, held the Titans in check for two innings, putting zeros on the scoreboard. However, the Titan bats came alive in the sixth as they struck for four more two out runs. The big blow was a two-run Komatsu home run and after six, CSF led 9-1.

The Frogs picked up a pair of runs each in the sixth and seventh innings to creep within four, 9-5. Matt Vern provided a big double in the sixth that plated Arnold with the Frogs second run of the game. Carpenter followed with a sacrifice fly for his second RBI of the night.

In the seventh, Brett Medlin got the Frogs started with his first career-base knock, a one-out single through the left side. Four straight hits followed Medlin's, but Carruthers was gunned down trying to advance on a pitch in the dirt for the second out in the inning. Carruther's second hit of the night drove in Medlin and Vern followed with an RBI single to plate Arnold with the Frogs' fifth run of the night.

Fullerton broke the game open with a two-run eighth inning to put the game out of reach and the Frogs couldn't mount a rally against the Titan's duo of Brian Wilson and Ryan Ackland.

Six Frogs made their TCU debuts on Friday night. Aaron Schultz, Bryan Holaday and Brett Medlin all started in the field, while Gerrish, Chris Anagnostou and Trent Appleby all made relief appearances. Appleby shined, tossing two scoreless innings. He allowed two hits, walked one and struck out three.

The Frogs and Titans will be back in action Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Steven Maxwell will take the mound for the Frogs.

Game Notes:
• The attendance of 2,619 was the fifth-largest crowd to watch a game at Lupton Stadium.
• Arnold, Vern and Carpenter all tallied two hits in the contest.
Clint Arnold extended his errorless streak to 101 games, while Vern and Carruthers pushed their streaks to six games.

 

 


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