Oklahoma Steals 5-4 Victory Over No. 22 TCU
March 22, 2005
Fort Worth, Texas - Oklahoma's Chuckie Caufield raced home from third in the ninth inning to break a 4-4 tie to defeat the No. 22 TCU Horned Frogs on Tuesday night at Lupton Stadium. The Frogs jumped out to an early 4-1 lead on the strength of two fourth inning home runs, but couldn't hold on as the Sooners scored four times in the final three innings to win. Matt Carpenter connected for his first career home run in the fourth and Tim McGough turned in his third straight dominate outing.
The Frogs squandered a great chance to score in the second inning as Oklahoma Sooner starter Ryan Mottern lost control of his pitches, walking three straight batters with two outs. Mottern had to leave the game with an elbow problem, giving way to John Brownell. Brownell got Stuart Musslewhite to pop up, ending the inning and keeping the game scoreless.
The Sooners took the momentum into the top of the third inning. A misplayed pop up allowed Jackson Williams to reach base. After a base hit by Joe Dunigan, Caufield grounded to Matt Carpenter, who threw home to erase the go-ahead run. The next batter reached on an error, allowing Dunigan to race home, putting the Sooners up 1-0.
The Frogs responded in the bottom of the inning with four runs on three hits. Shelby Ford led off the inning with a base hit to center. After Dunigan misplayed a ball in left field, allowing Chad Huffman to reach base, J.J. Estrada unloaded on a Brownell pitch, sending it over the bushes in left field to give the Frogs a 3-1 lead. Brownell settled down and got the next two batters out, but Carpenter added another run with his first home run of the season.
McGough turned the game over to the bullpen in the sixth inning. He went five innings allowing an unearned run on six hits, walking none and striking out one. He has pitched 11 straight innings without giving up an earned run.
The Sooners cut the lead down to two in the seventh inning, taking advantage of a lead-off walk. A Russell Raley groundout plated Williams with Oklahoma's second run of the game.
Two more walks to lead off the eighth inning came around to score to knot the game at four. Chad Underwood (3-1) got the final three outs of the inning to keep the game tied.
The Frogs went quietly in the bottom of the inning setting up the ninth inning. Caufield hustled turning a single into a double to lead off the ninth inning. After a sacrifice moved Caufield to third, the Frogs intentionally walked Kody Kaiser to set up the double play. With Ryan Rohlinger at the plate, the Sooners executed a suicide squeeze. The ball was outside and got away from Kyle Dahlberg and Caufield slid safely into home with the game-winner.
The Frogs had a chance in the bottom of the inning as Musslewhite hustled out an infield single to start the inning off of Sooners closer, Daniel McCutchen. After a long fly out to left advanced Musslewhite to second, a wild pitch on strikeout put runners on first and third with only one out. McCutchen got Estrada to ground into a game-ending double play.
The Frogs (14-8) will resume conference play on Friday night as they head to St. Louis to take on the Saint Louis Billikens in a three-game series. First pitch on Friday night is slated for 7:00 p.m.