Frogs stop No. 26 N.C. State, win 5-3
Feb. 25, 2007
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The No. 12 TCU Horned Frogs battled the elements to come away with a 5-3 victory over No. 26 N.C. State Sunday night in the final game of the Baseball at the Beach Classic. An outstanding effort on the mound from Seth Garrison and Sam Demel halted the Wolfpack's eight game winning streak. TCU used a four-run fourth inning proved to be the difference in the game.
A lead-off double off the bat of Jeremy Synan in the second helped the Wolfpack earn the early 1-0 lead. N.C. State played small ball, sacrificing Synan to third base where he scored on a ground ball to the right side off the bat of Mike Roskopf.
The Frogs wasted a golden opportunity to knot the game in the third when Corey Steglich singled to open the frame. Ben Carruthers did his job, moving Steglich into scoring position for the top of the order. But equally as effective was Wolfpack starter, Eric Surkamp who retired the next to batters to leave Steglich at third.
Garrison was strong in his second start of the season. TCU was able to turn two double plays behind him, ending potential N.C. State rallies. That eventually translated into a big inning for the Frogs in which they scored four times on just two hits.
Surkamp lost control of the strike zone as he walked Keith Conlon and Austin Adams on four pitches each to open the inning. A ground out by Andrew Walker moved both runners into scoring position, ending Surkamp's afternoon.
The Wolfpack looked to be out of the jam as Kyle Ruttler picked up a big strike out, but Clint Arnold battled through an eight pitch at bat to earn a free pass, loading the bases with two outs. Steglich ripped a ball down the third base line for an infield single to tie the game at one. Carruthers took a pitch off the arm to give TCU its first lead of the weekend. Another infield single, this time from Bryan Kervin increased the TCU lead to 3-1. A poor decision by the Wolfpack catcher, Caleb Magnum allowed the fourth run of the inning to score. Kervin had a big lead off of first and Magnum threw behind him, but the ball hit Kervin and rolled away, allowing Steglich to race home.
Garrison was sailing when the rains came pouring down with one out in the seventh inning. Both teams waited out a one hour 28-minute rain delay before picking things back up.
Out of the delay, relief pitch Sam Demel made short work of Magnum and got Ryan Howard to ground out ending the inning.
TCU tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the inning, taking advantage of another Wolfpack miscue. Adams ripped a one-out single to right field and moved to second on a ground out. Matt Vern reached on an infield single, but a throwing error by Ramon Corona allowed Adams to score the fifth run of the game for the Frogs. The Wolfpack got two of the runs back in the eighth inning to creep closer. Joe Florio and Vince Gutierrez drew back-to-back walks. Demel got Corono to strikeout for the second out and looked to be out of the inning with no damage, but an error on the infield allowed both runners to score. Demel ended the inning with a strike out of Ryan Pond.
Demel completed his second save of the season, striking out the side to preserve the victory for the Frogs. He finished the game with six strike outs in 2 1/3 innings pitched.
Garrison earned his first win of the season with 6 2/3 strong innings. He allowed a run on six hits, struck out four and walked just one.
TCU improves to 7-4 on the season with the victory. The Frogs will return to the diamond on Friday when they take on Vermont at Lupton Stadium. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m.