Frogs fall to No. 23 Oklahoma, 10-5
March 7, 2006
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs fell to the No. 23 Oklahoma Sooners, 10-5, Tuesday night at Lupton Stadium. With the game tied at three in the fifth, the Sooners scored seven times over the next three innings to take the lead. Sophomore Bryan Kervin had two hits, extending his hit streak to 12 games and senior Shawn Ferguson made the first start of his TCU career.
Oklahoma got on the scoreboard first, plating three runs in the top of the third. Ferguson hit Sooner shortstop Freddy Rodriguez and walked Kevin Smith to open the inning. A sacrifice bunt moved the runners over and a Chuckie Caufield double off the wall drove in the first two runs of the game. Ryan Rohlinger doubled in Caufield two batters later before Ferguson got Jackson Williams swinging to end the inning.
The Frogs answered with three of their own in the bottom of the frame. Corey Steglich started the rally with a one-out walk and moved to second when Steven Trout was hit by a pitch. After Oklahoma starter Ryan Mottern walked Keith Conlon to load the bases, Andrew Walker ripped a double down the left-field line to clear the bases and tie the game.
The first two runners reached base again in the fifth before Omar Arif came on in relief of Ferguson. A single by Rohlinger scored one and Kody Kaiser scorched one to third, allowing another Sooner run to cross the plate, giving Oklahoma a 5-3 lead.
Rohlinger added a two-run home run in the sixth and the Sooners (13-4) scored three more in the seventh to extend the lead to seven. Junior Chase Perry stopped the Sooner attack with 2.2 scoreless innings of relief, striking out five.
The Frogs (8-7) tried to mount a ninth-inning rally, scoring two on a single up the middle by Conlon, but Sooner pitcher Jimmie Rollins got Walker to ground into a double play to end the game.
TCU will travel to Corpus Christi this weekend to compete in the Whataburger Classic. Sophomore Jake Arrieta will toe the rubber for the Frogs when they face the No. 1 Rice Owls Friday at 2:30 at Whataburger Field.