Arrieta cruises as Frogs clip Golden Knights, 2-1
March 24, 2006
FORT WORTH, Texas - Behind a solid seven-inning performance from sophomore right-hander Jake Arrieta, TCU hung on to defeat UCF 2-1, Friday night at Lupton Stadium. Arrieta struck out nine and allowed only one run for his fifth win of the season. Sophomore Sam Demel struck out four of the five batters he faced to earn his second career save.
The Golden Knights scored their lone run in the top of the first. Back-to-back singles by Tyson Auer and Ryan Bono put a runner in scoring position for UCF first baseman Kiko Vazquez who doubled to right to plate the game's first run. Arrieta settled down and struck out Ryan Williams to end the threat.
TCU opened the bottom of the second with a pair of singles from Matt Carpenter and Keith Conlon. Andrew Walker laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners into scoring position with only one out. The Frogs were unable to capitalize on the opportunity as UCF starter Tim Bascom got out of the inning, retiring the next two batters.
With Arrieta cruising, the Frogs were able to get on the board and tie the game in the fifth. Shortstop Bryan Kervin opened the frame with a fly ball to left that was dropped by UCF outfielder Ryan Williams, allowing him to reach second. After a sacrifice bunt from Steven Trout moved Kervin up 90 feet, Matt Carpenter drove a 1-2 pitch to right that fell for an RBI double.
The Frogs continued to put the pressure on in the sixth as Andrew Walker dropped a fly ball just inside the right field foul line for a lead-off triple. Bascom then hit Austin Adams before Ryan Pack was able to lift a sacrifice fly to left to plate Walker with the eventual winning run.
Arrieta gave way to Omar Arif in the eighth, finishing with nine strikeouts and just one walk. Following a single and a failed sacrifice bunt, TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle brought in Demel to close out the game. The Spring, Texas native proceeded to strike out four of next five batters to give the Frogs the win and earn his first save of the year.
With the victory, TCU evens its record at 12-12, while UCF falls to 14-11. The two teams will face off again at 2 p.m. Saturday. Junior Brad Furnish will take the mound for the Frogs against UCF freshman Mitch Herold.