No. 23 TCU powers past Vermont in series finale, 10-2
March 4, 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas - The No. 23 TCU Horned Frogs won their fourth straight contest as they swept Vermont 10-2 Sunday in the series finale at Lupton Stadium. TCU pounded out 13 hits in the contest, highlighted by home runs from Keith Conlon and Matt McGuirk.
After two scoreless innings, the bats finally came alive in the third inning. For the first time this weekend, the Catamounts jumped on top, scoring two runs on two hits in the top of the inning. Vermont loaded the bases with only one out and Bryan Rembisz came through with a two-run single. Chris Johnson settled down and retired the final two batters of the inning to limit the damage.
The lead was short lived as TCU struck for three runs in the bottom of the inning. The Frogs loaded the bases with nobody out, but Vermont starter Eric Thompson picked up two big outs without allowing a run to score. Conlon came through with two outs, lining a base hit into left field that knotted the game at two. Andrew Walker followed with a single to center that gave TCU the 3-2 lead.
McGuirk added to the Horned Frog lead in the bottom of the fourth with his second home run of the season, a solo shot that sailed over the right center field fence.
In the fifth, TCU added two runs on four hits to extend its lead to 6-2. Three straight singles from Bryan Kervin, Steven Trout and Conlon loaded the bases for Walker, who delivered a run-scoring single. A sacrifice fly off the bat of Corey Steglich scored Trout.
Three more runs crossed the plate in the third as TCU took advantage of two walks in the inning. Clint Arnold and Kervin walked back-to-back and moved up 90 feet on a balk by Catamount reliever Keith Rakus. Trout drove a sacrifice fly to deep left field to score Arnold. Conlon ended an eight-pitch at-bat with a long home run that cleared the tree line in left center field. At the end of six, TCU was in control with a 9-2 lead.
Johnson (2-1) surrendered just the two runs in five innings of work. He walked two and struck out two to earn the win. Chance Corgan tossed two scoreless innings of relief. Steven Maxwell twirled a perfect eighth and Cody Dunbar finished the game working a scoreless ninth.
TCU (10-4) will hit the road for the next four contests. The Frogs open play in the second annual Whataburger Classic in Corpus Christi, Texas, Friday night against Top-10 ranked Rice. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m. at Whataburger Field.