Walker's big night leads TCU to victory
March 20, 2007
ARLINGTON, Texas - A monster night at the plate for Andrew Walker helped lead the Frogs to their season-high fifth consecutive win as TCU defeated UT-Arlington 10-6 at Clay Gould Ballpark. Walker was 3-for-5 at the plate with two doubles, a home run and five runs driven in. Four Maverick errors led to four unearned runs for the Frogs which proved to be the difference in the game.
A two-out rally in the first inning staked the Frogs to an early lead. Steven Trout laced a ball down the left field line for a one-out double. Austin Adams battled his way to a full count and delivered a two-out single through the left side to plate Trout with the first run of the game. Walker just missed a home run, doubling off the wall in left field, driving in Adams from first base for the 2-0 lead.
In the third inning, Keith Conlon worked a four-pitch walk to start another two-out rally. Adams came through again in the clutch, drilling the ball to the gap in right center and Conlon raced around the bases, scoring from first to give TCU the 3-0 lead.
The Mavericks rallied to take the lead in the fifth as they sent 10 men to the plate. Leo Radkowski drew a lead-off walk and moved to third on an infield single and a throwing error. A walk to John Mark Cleveland loaded the bases for Collin Garner who delivered a two-run double. A single off the bat of Daniel Rieder gave the Mavericks the 4-3 advantage. On in relief, Steven Maxwell worked out of a bases loaded jam, freezing Radkowski at the plate for the final out of the inning.
TCU returned the favor in the top of the seventh as it sent 10 men to the plate and scored five times. The Frogs were helped along by three Maverick errors in the inning. Ben Carruthers got the inning started with a sharply hit single to center. TCU dropped down two bunts that were misplayed by the Maverick infield and Carruthers was able to score the tying run.
A Keith Conlon double down the left field line cleared the bases and gave TCU a 6-4 lead. Walker got the home run he was bidding for earlier in the game, sending the Brandon Endsley offering over the left field fence for his second home run of the season.
The Mavericks inched back, scoring twice in the bottom of the seventh to make it an 8-6 lead. With two on and two out, Sam Demel came on and fanned pinch-hitter Mitch Putman to end the inning.
Walker continued his hot hitting with a two-run two-out double in the eighth to get the runs back and extend the Frogs lead to four runs at 10-6.
In his first career start, Tyler Lockwood tossed three shutout innings in the no-decision. He allowed just two singles, walked one and struck out three. Demel struck out three in 1 1/3 innings pitched. Donald Furrow (1-0) picked up the win in relief. Taylor Cragin allowed two hits to open the ninth, but battled back to strike out the side to end the game.
TCU will hit the road for a key Mountain West Conference show down at BYU. Thursday's opener will be televised live by BYU-TV and is available on Dish Network and DirecTV. Game time is set for 8 p.m. (CST). Jake Arrieta will take the mound for TCU.