Frogs offense comes alive in 11-5 win over UTA
March 14, 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas - A little home cooking was all the No. 28 TCU Horned Frogs needed as they picked up an 11-5 victory over UT-Arlington Wednesday night at Lupton Stadium. TCU improved to 8-0 at home this season thanks to an offensive onslaught that produced 11 runs on 16 hits. Trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth, the Frogs put up eight runs in their final three at-bats to cruise to the victory. Bryan Kervin and Ben Carruthers each tallied three RBIs in the victory.
UT-Arlington jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Brock Wilson led off the game with a double and moved to third on a Daniel Rieder single. A Mitch Putman sacrifice fly gave the Mavericks the 1-0 lead.
The Frogs wasted no time getting the run back as they put together a two-out rally. Keith Conlon reached on an infield single and promptly stole second. Austin Adams drove him home with his second career triple to tie the game.
Five hits in the third frame led to two runs, giving the Frogs a 3-1 advantage. With Kervin and Trout on and two outs, Adams dropped in a double right on the left field line to score Kervin. Matt McGuirk followed with a base hit to right that plated Trout.
UTA would get the runs back in the top of the fourth courtesy of three hits and a walk. David McLeod doubled to open the inning and after a walk, Kyle Rudy singled to load the bases. David Newby singled to pull the Mavs within one and Wilson reached on a fielder's choice to knot the game at three. On in relief, Tyler Lockwood erased Wilson trying to steal second to end the inning. A one-out home run from Putman gave UTA a 4-3 lead.
In the sixth, the Frogs took control of the game, pushing across three runs to regain the lead. Andrew Walker singled and moved to third on a Matt Vern double. Clint Arnold was hit by the pitch to load the bases for Carruthers who tied the game with an RBI ground out. Kervin drove in two more runs with a single to give TCU the 6-4 advantage.
The Mavericks made some noise in the seventh with a lead-off single, but Lockwood got Wilson to ground into a 163 double play. With a runner on, Frogs' closer Sam Demel came on to record the final out of the inning. He fanned Putman, stranding a runner at second base.
Ten men came to the plate in the bottom of the inning and four came around to score. Conlon started the rally with an infield single and McGuirk reached on a fielder's choice to put two runners on. With the bases loaded, Vern drove the ball up the middle where it was knocked down by the shortstop, but second baseman Daniel Reider couldn't handle the throw and all runners were safe. A two-out single by Carruthers increased the Frogs lead to 9-4 and Kervin followed with a run-scoring base hit to make it a 10-4 ballgame.
In the eighth, Walker put the finishing touch on the game with a long two-out home run, his first of the 2007 campaign. The Mavericks pushed across an unearned run in the top of the ninth to account for the final score.
Donald Furrow went 3 1/3 innings in his second career start. He allowed three runs on six hits, struck out three and walked one in the no-decision. Lockwood earned his first career victory with 3 1/3 innings pitched. He surrendered just one run on three hits, walked one and struck out a career-high four batters. Demel was equally as impressive, striking out four of the five batters he faced in 1 1/3 innings pitched.
The Frogs (12-6) will begin defense of their Mountain West Conference championship on Friday when they host Air Force. Game time for Friday night's contest is set for 6:30 p.m.