Frogs rally for 4-2 win over Wright State in series finale
Feb. 26, 2006
FORT WORTH, Texas - Trailing for most of the contest, the No. 21 TCU Horned Frogs rallied from a 2-1 deficit with three runs in the eighth inning to pick up their first series win of the season. Except for a two-run second inning, the Frog pitching staff held Wright State scoreless, setting up the late-inning comeback. Matt McGuirk was 2-for-4 with two doubles and the game-tying RBI.
The Raiders jumped out to an early lead for the second time in the series as they put together a two out rally in the second inning. Aaron Garcia looped a base hit into center field and John Kopilchack hit a home run over the right field fence to give Wright State a 2-0 lead.
The Frogs bats were silent through the first five innings, but came alive in the sixth. With one out, McGuirk smoked his first double of the game to deep right field. Keith Conlon cut the Raider lead in half with a triple off the right field fence to drive in McGuirk.
Steven Trout extended his hit streak to 10 games with a lead-off single in the eighth inning. A throwing error by the third baseman on a Conlon groundball put two runners on with one out, ending Raider's starter Garret Holleran's (0-1) afternoon. McGuirk greeted the new Raider pitcher with a double down the right field line to drive in the tying run. The Raiders third pitcher of the day balked, plating Conlon with the go-ahead run.
With two outs, Matt Carpenter beat out an infield single to keep the inning alive. Pinch runner Ryan Pack and Carpenter executed a perfect double steal and Pack scampered home to score the Frogs fourth run of the game.
Brad Furnish came on in the ninth to earn his second save of the weekend. He struck out two and walked two, preserving the win for Dillon Farish (1-0), who retired all three batters he faced in the eighth inning.
Zach Ashwood started for the Frogs and went five innings, allowing two runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out a career-high six batters. Omar Arif and Chase Perry combined to pitch two scoreless innings.
The Frogs improve to 6-4 with the win. They will continue their home stand on Tuesday night when they host Dallas Baptist. Game time is set for a 7 p.m. first pitch at Lupton Stadium.
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