Frogs falter in series opener at UC Santa Barbara
March 18, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The TCU Horned Frogs fell 13-3 in the series opener at UC Santa Barbara on Saturday afternoon. The Frogs scored just three runs on 11 hits. TCU took an early 2-0 lead, but the Gauchos scored 13 runs over the final six innings to take game one. Keith Conlon led the offense for TCU as he collected three hits and a RBI. On the mound, Taylor Cragin pitched 1.2 hitless innings of relief.
A two-out bloop single off the bat of Andrew Walker put the Frogs on top in the first inning. Bryan Kervin stroked a one-out single down the right field line and moved to second on a base knock by Conlon, before scoring on Walker's base hit.
Ryan Pack pushed a bunt between the pitcher and the first baseman for a one-out single in the second. A stolen base moved Pack to second and a Corey Steglich single pushed him over to third where he scored on a fielder's choice off the bat of Steven Trout. After two innings of play, the Frogs had a 2-0 lead.
The Gaucho bats heated up in the third inning. A one-out single by Alden Carrithers got UCSB going. Robbie Blauers knotted the game at two with his first home run of the season.
Carrithers struck again in the fifth as he drilled a one-out triple to deep center field. Chris Valaika put the Gauchos in front for good with a double. Four more runs came around to score in the inning as UCSB broke the game open. The biggest blow in the inning was Matt McClogan's three-run blast to dead center.
UCSB made it a 9-2 contest in the sixth inning as Valaika struck again, plating two runs with his second double of the game. A pinch-hit grand slam by Brian Lee in the ninth inning accounted for the Gauchos 13 runs.
A Conlon single in the ninth inning drove home pinch-runner Chase Kiecke for the Frogs third run of the ball game. Pinch-hitter Shawn Ferguson drew a lead off walk. A wild pitch moved Kiecke to second. Chad Huffman extended his hit streak to five games, moving Kiecke to third setting up Conlon's RBI single. The rally came to an end when UCSB third baseman, Shane Carlson, made a diving catch on a foul ball off the bat of Carpenter to end the game.
Jake Arrieta suffered his second loss of the season as he went just 4.2 innings. He allowed seven runs on nine hits while striking out six.
The Frogs fall to 10-10 with the loss. The two teams will return to the diamond on Sunday for a doubleheader. The first game is slated for a 1 p.m. (CST) first pitch. Brad Furnish will take the mound for TCU and face UCSB's Brian Tracy.