Frogs come up short against Dallas Baptist
Feb. 28, 2006
FORT WORTH, Texas - The No. 21 TCU Horned Frogs dropped an 11-8 decision to Dallas Baptist Tuesday night at Lupton Stadium. The Patriots broke a 6-6 tie in the seventh inning with five runs and withstood a late rally by the Frogs to hold on for the victory. Freshman Matt Vern hit a pinch-hit two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth.
DBU jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, taking advantage of TCU's first error of the night. Drew Holder put the Patriots up 1-0 with a sacrifice fly and Damian Gomez stroked a two-run double to give them the 3-0 lead.
The Frogs chipped away at the lead with a run in the first and second to pull within one. Matt McGuirk drove in Trout, who led off the bottom of the first with a double. In the second a Bryan Kervin legged out an infield single to plate Austin Adams.
Dallas Baptist scored twice in the top of the third, but the Frogs battled back in the bottom of the inning to scratch across a run to make it a 5-3 game on a RBI groundout by Adams.
After falling behind 6-3 in the top of the fourth, the Frogs picked up three runs in the bottom of the fifth to knot the game at six. DBU reliever Jordan Craft struggled with the strike zone, walking the only two batters he faced. Ricky Sparks struggled as well, hitting two of the four batters he faced. He plunked Trout to drive in the Frogs fourth run of the game and Kervin knotted it with a base hit to right center.
The Frogs looked like they would take their first lead of the night in the sixth inning, but an outstanding defensive play by the Patriots second baseman on a Matt Carpenter groundball ended the Frog threat.
Dallas Baptist carried the momentum into the seventh inning as they scored five runs on three hits. The big blow was a bases loaded double by Jeremy Goldschmeding that cleared the bases, making it an 11-6 game. Vern's blast in the bottom of the night accounted for the final score.
Donald Furrow got the start for the Frogs. He went two-plus innings, allowing five runs (three earned) on three hits. Omar Arif continued his strong season with 2.1 innings of work. He allowed an unearned run on a hit. He struck out one and walked one.
The Frogs (6-5) remain at home as they host Florida Atlantic this weekend. The series begins with a 7 p.m. first pitch on Friday night at Lupton Stadium.