TCU Gets Revenge On Texas State, Wins 3-1
March 14, 2006
SAN MARCOS, Texas - Three runs in the first two innings was all the Frogs would need as they held on for a 3-1 victory over the Texas State Bobcats Tuesday night in San Marcos. Shawn Ferguson, Omar Arif and Jake Arrieta combined to limit the Bobcats to a run on seven hits. They combined to strike out 10 batters in the win.
The bats were on fire in the opening frame of the game as they connected for two runs on three hits. Steven Trout singled to lead off the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Bryan Kervin. With two outs, Keith Conlon delivered, smashing his third home run of the season well beyond the left field wall to give TCU a 2-0 lead.
A Chad Huffman lead-off single in the third inning ended Bobcat starter Ryan Bennett's day. Ryan Fiske came on in relief and shut down the Frogs offensive attack.
Ferguson was effective in his second start of the season. Following a lead-off single in the second, he retired nine straight batters, four of which were strikeouts. A lead-off single in the fifth was erased as Ferguson induced a ground ball double play off the bat of Pat Crumpton. He struck out Lance Schramm looking to end the inning.
Texas State cut into the Horned Frog lead in the bottom of the sixth. Thomas Field drew a lead-off walk and came around to score on a two-out base hit to Cody Merrill.
Ferguson (2-2) pitched a career-high six innings. He allowed just one run on six hits. He walked one and struck out a career-high seven batters.
The Bobcats got the lead-off batter on again in the seventh inning, but Omar Arif came on in relief and promptly picked off Kyle Jones, then retired the final two batters of the inning. Arif pitched a scoreless eighth inning, holding the Bobcats in check. He struck out two in his two innings of work. Jake Arrieta worked a perfect ninth inning for his first career save.
The Frogs (10-9) will head to Santa Barbara for a three-game series against UC-Santa Barbara over the weekend. The series kicks off Friday afternoon.