Notre Dame silences Frogs in 4-1 loss
Feb. 24, 2007
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The TCU bats were silenced in the nightcap of a doubleheader as they dropped a 4-1 decision to Notre Dame Saturday night. The Frogs stranded eight runners, while managing just one run on six hits. Derek VerHagen was a bright spot on the mound as he tossed three scoreless innings of relief with six strikeouts.
The Fighting Irish struck first, putting two runs on the board in the bottom of the first. Brett Lilley was plunked to open the inning and Jeremy Barnes drew a walk, setting up a bases clearing triple from Ross Brezovsky.
TCU squandered a scoring chance in the second inning. Matt McGuirk singled to open the frame and moved to second on a fielding error by the Irish shortstop. A long fly ball off the bat of Matt Vern moved McGuirk to third with one out, but Notre Dame starter David Phelps retired the final two batters of the inning to end the threat.
Chris Johnson worked around a lead-off double in the second, but couldn't do the same in the fourth as the Irish tacked on another run. Matt Weglarz led off the inning with his second double of the game and moved to third on a bunt base hit by Ryan Connolly. An RBI ground out by Michael Wright plated the run from third, giving Notre Dame the 3-0 lead.
Another lead-off single by the Irish led to their fourth run of the contest. With one out and a runner at second, Weglarz connected for his third double of the game to drive home the run. The Irish looked to have a fifth run on a fly ball, but Austin Adams gunned out Evan Sharpley trying to score from third for the inning-ending double play.
With two outs in the top of the sixth, the Frogs mounted a two out rally to push across their first run of the game. McGuirk collected his second hit of the game and moved to second on a passed ball. Clint Arnold came through with an RBI single to right center.
TCU had another chance to creep back into the game in the eighth as Keith Conlon drove a one-out double to the gap in right field and Austin Adams earned a free pass. Irish reliever Joey Williamson worked out of the jam with a strikeout and a pop up to keep it a three-run Notre Dame lead.
The Frogs went quietly in the ninth as they dropped their third consecutive game.
Johnson (1-1) took the loss for TCU. He went five innings, surrendering four runs on seven hits. He fanned three and walked four.
TCU falls to 6-4 on the season. It will wrap up play in the Baseball at the Beach tournament on Sunday afternoon as it takes on the undefeated N.C. State Wolfpack at 3 p.m. (CST).