Complete effort leads TCU past Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, 3-0
March 10, 2007
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - The No. 23 TCU Horned Frog rebounded from Friday night's loss with a total effort on Saturday afternoon in the Whataburger College Classic. Behind a dominating pitching performance from Chance Corgan, the Frogs defeated Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 3-0. Offensively, the Frogs were led by Keith Conlon with three hits, including his fourth home run of the season.
Corgan twirled eight strong innings and never faced more than four batters in an inning en route to his second win of the season. Through eight innings, he had faced just three batters over the minimum. He surrendered just five hits and struck out seven batters without allowing a walk.
TCU got the scoring started early on a long home run off the bat of Conlon in the first inning. Islander starter Emerson Trager retired the first two batters of the inning but served up the long ball on the first pitch of Conlon's at-bat.
In the third, the Frogs had a chance to tack on some more runs as the Frogs had the lead-off batter on in the person of Ben Carruthers. A sacrifice bunt from Bryan Kervin moved Carruthers to second. Chase Wheaton made an outstanding running catch on ball ticketed for the left center field gap, robbing Steven Trout of extra bases.
The Frogs struck again in the fifth inning, pushing across a run on three hits. With one out, Carruthers drove a ball to the gap in left for his first double of the season. A base hit up the middle from Kervin advanced Carruthers to third where he scored on a sacrifice fly from Trout.
A costly three base error in the sixth inning helped the Frogs build the 3-0 lead. Leading off the inning, Austin Adams hit a fly ball to left center where Wheaton and center fielder Jon Kourie collided, causing Kourie to drop the ball and Adams raced around to third. Matt McGuirk came through with the Frogs' second sacrifice fly of the game.
Following a fourth inning double, Corgan retired 13 of the next 14 batters he faced. The only base runner he allowed was a two-out double to Bryan Gerondale, whom he promptly picked off following the hit.
A lead-off single ended Corgan's afternoon as the Frogs called on Sam Demel in the bullpen. Demel froze Wheaton at the plate for the first out of the inning. After a single to Gerondale put two on, Demel induced to ground ball outs to Kervin at short to earn his third save of the season.
The Frogs improve to 11-5 on the season. They will wrap up play in the Whataburger College Classic on Sunday afternoon with a meeting against Texas Tech. Game time is slated for Noon at Whataburger Field. Seth Garrison will take the mound for TCU.
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