No. 23 TCU cruises past Vermont, 12-1
March 2, 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas - The No. 23 TCU Horned Frogs used a 10-run seventh inning to break open a tight ball game and went on to beat Vermont (0-1) 12-1. Ben Carruthers got the offense going with his first career home run in the fifth as TCU pounded out 12 hits in the contest. Jake Arrieta was dominating in his 6 1/3 innings of work as he earned his third win of the season.
Arrieta and Vermont's Brandon Miles went toe-to-toe for the first four innings with each pitcher working out of some tough jams. Arrieta benefited by outstanding defensive play by his infielders, while Miles made some good pitches to end TCU threats.
The Catamounts threatened to take the lead in the fourth inning following a lead-off single from Bryan Rembisz. He stole second base to move into scoring position with no outs. Steven Trout made an leaping grab on a ball ticketed for left field and held Rembisz at second, while throwing out Jeff Heppner for the first out of the inning. Carruthers made a diving stop on a ground ball off the bat of Ethan Paquette to end the inning.
A lead-off single by Clint Arnold shifted the momentum to the Frogs. He moved to second on a Miles' balk and took third on a long out off the bat of Matt McGuirk. Carruthers took a pitch off the elbow but was not awarded first base. He made the most of his opportunity, drilling the ball over the left field fence to give TCU the 2-0 lead.
Vermont cut the lead in half in the top of the sixth as they pushed across an unearned run. Kyle Massie singled to open the inning and came around to score on a wild pitch.
With the Catamounts bidding to tie the game at two in the seventh with a runner on third and only one out, Head Coach Jim Schlossnagle went to the bullpen and brought in Sam Demel. He did his job, striking out the only two batters he faced and stranding the runner at third.
From there, the Frogs bats came alive as they took control of the contest. Fifteen batters came to the plate in the seventh and 10 came around to score. Arnold was plunked to lead off the inning and promptly stole second. McGuirk came through with a double down the right field line to give TCU a 3-1 lead.
After Carruthers was hit by the pitch, Bryan Kervin attempted to sacrifice the runners 90 feet. A botched attempt to get the runner at third base led to a bases loaded with no outs. Trout came through with a bases clearing double to increase the Frog advantage to 6-1. He scored on a Keith Conlon triple.
Austin Adams kept the hit parade going with a single through the left side followed by a ringing triple off the bat of Andrew Walker. Arnold reached on an error, but successfully drove in the Frogs 10th run of the game.
Three batters later the Frogs again had the bases loaded. Corey Steglich came on as a pinch-hitter and extended his hitting streak to five games with a two-run single to cap the scoring in the inning.
Arrieta fanned seven batters and walked just one in 6 1/3 innings of work. He allowed an unearned run on six hits in the ballgame.
Steven Maxwell and Taylor Cragin each tossed an inning of relief to close out the game. Maxwell allowed one hit and struck out one in his inning of work, while Cragin rebounded from a lead-off single to strike out the side to end the game.
The Frogs improve to 8-4 with the win. Both teams will hit the diamond on Saturday for game two of the three game series. Seth Garrison will get the start for TCU and face Vermont's Joey Serafin. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. at Lupton Stadium.