Frogs earn a 10-5 win over Florida Atlantic
March 4, 2006
FORT WORTH, Texas - The No. 21 TCU Horned Frogs got another strong starting pitching performance from Sam Demel as they picked up a 10-5 victory over Florida Atlantic Saturday night at Lupton Stadium. Demel went seven innings and struck out a career-high 14 batters. His last nine outs came via the strike out. The offense scored 10 runs, taking advantage of 11 walks and pounded out 14 hits in the victory.
Florida Atlantic jumped out on top in the first inning picking up a run on two hits. They held the lead until the second when the Frogs batted around, scoring four times with two outs.
Matt Carpenter and Hunt Woodruff reached base to lead off the inning. Florida Atlantic starter Chris Salberg battled back to get two outs but Steven Trout drew a walk to load the bases. A Bryan Kervin single knotted the game at one and Keith Conlon gave the Frogs a 3-1 lead with a two-run single. Andrew Walker tacked on a RBI-single to give the Frogs a three-run cushion after two.
A two-run third inning pulled the Owls within a run at 4-3, but TCU kept building on its lead. Trout led off the fourth with a triple and scored on Walker's second hit of the contest.
A three-run sixth inning gave the Frogs an 8-3 lead. Kervin and Conlon walked to open the inning and Austin Adams drew his second intentional walk of the game to load the bases with one out. Woodruff delivered the big hit with two outs, plating two runs. Ryan Pack rounded out the scoring in the inning with a RBI-single up the middle.
The Owls and the Frogs traded runs in the last three innings to account the final score. For the second game in a row, Florida Atlantic had the tying run on deck. With the bases loaded and nobody out in the ninth, Dillon Farish came on and induced a double play ball off the bat of Mike McKenna and struck out Jonathon Shapland to earn the save.
Frog pitchers combined to strike out 17 batters in the contest. Offensively, Conlon and Walker finished the game with three hits each.
TCU improves to 8-5 with the win. The Frogs will go for the series sweep on Sunday afternoon at Lupton Stadium. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. Brad Furnish will take the mound for the Frogs and face Florida Atlantic's Brandon Cooney.