Missed opportunities doom TCU in 3-2 loss
March 15, 2008
WICHITA, Kan - The TCU Horned Frogs had numerous opportunities to take leads in the ballgame, but couldn't find the big hit as they dropped a 3-2 decision to No. 15 Wichita State Saturday afternoon. TCU stranded nine runners in the first six innings of the ball game as they outhit the Shockers 8-7. Tyler Lockwood was again dominate in relief as he tossed 4 2/3 of scoreless baseball.
A lead-off walk helped the Shockers gain the early advantage for the second straight contest. Andy Dirks walked and stole second. A one-out single from Conor Gillaspie drove in the go-ahead run. TCU starter Greg Holle was able to work out of the jam after a throwing error put runners on the corners as he got Josh Workman to fly out to end the inning.
The Frogs got the game tied up the hard way in the top of the second. Steve Ellington singled and moved to second to open the inning. Hunt Woodruff took a ball off the head to put two on with nobody out. After a failed sacrifice, Chris Ellington drew a walk to load the bases. Shocker starter Aaron Shafer got a big strikeout but Bryan Kervin became the second Horned Frog to get hit in the head, driving in the tying run. TCU couldn't get the big hit as it left the bases loaded.
TCU failed to score on its opportunity in the third inning and the Shockers used that to their advantage, taking their second lead of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. Josh Workman singled to open the inning, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. After a walk and a stolen base by Kevin Hall, Tyler Hill came through with a two-run single to break the tie. With two on and just one out, Tyler Lockwood came on and got the Frogs out of the inning without and any further damage.
Greg Holle (1-1) worked 3 1/3 innings in his fourth start of the season. He allowed three runs on five hits, walked three and struck out one.
Another big opportunity awaited the Frogs as they had a run in and two runners in scoring position with nobody out. Matt Carpenter started things with a base hit and Steve Ellington followed with a single of his own. Woodruff bunted the ball, which Shocker starter Shafer threw into right field, allowing Carpenter to score all the way from second to make it a one-run contest. A strikeout and a foul out got the Shockers within one out of escaping with the lead. Ben Carruthers drew a walk to load the bases, but a ground out off the bat of Kervin ended the inning and the Frogs still trailed 3-2.
From there, the game settled into a pitcher's duel as neither team threatened offensively. Lockwood was brilliant in 4 2/3 inning of relief. He didn't surrender a run, allowed just two hits, walked one and struck out five. The Shocker's sat down 10 of the last 11 batters they faced to earn the series win.
The Frogs fall to 9-7 on the season with the loss. They will look to salvage one game from the series on Sunday afternoon. Freshman Sean Hoelscher will get his first weekend start of the season for the Frogs. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. at Eck Stadium