UCF evens series with 5-1 victory over TCU
March 25, 2006
FORT WORTH, Texas - Three UCF pitchers combined to hold TCU to one run on six hits as the Golden Knights defeated the Frogs 5-1 to even the series at one game apiece Saturday afternoon at Lupton Stadium. Senior Jerid Buttell led the TCU offensive effort, finishing 2-for-3 and knocking in the team's lone run.
The Golden Knights got on the board early against TCU lefty Brad Furnish. Matt Ray walked on five pitches to open the game. He promptly stole second and reached third on a ground out before crossing the plate on a wild pitch.
The Golden Knights threatened to add to their 1-0 lead in the fourth. Kiko Vasquez drew a one-out walk and moved to second on a Steve Stropp sacrifice. Ryan Williams singled up the middle but TCU center fielder Ryan Pack made a great defensive play, gunning down Vazquez at the plate.
UCF starter Mitch Herold threw a solid seven innings as he allowed only one run on four hits. He walked two and struck out one to earn his first collegiate victory. Herold retired 11 of 13 TCU hitters to open the game before Frog first baseman Matt Carpenter reached base on a bunt single in the fourth inning. After Carpenter stole second, Jerid Buttell drove a first-pitch fastball to right center for his first double and RBI of the season.
In the top of the fifth, UCF took the lead, scoring a pair of runs. After a double by Matt Horwath and a single by Eric Kallstrom to lead off the inning, Ray drove in the eventual game winner with a double down the left-field line. A ground ball to third plated Kallstrom to give the Golden Knights a two-run advantage. Two more UCF runs in the sixth accounted for the final score.
Furnish suffered his fourth loss of the season, throwing 5.1 innings, allowing four runs on six hits. He walked four and struck out seven. Dillon Farish was effective in relief with 2.2 scoreless innings pitched.
The loss drops the Frogs' record to 12-13 while UCF moves to 15-11. The two teams will square off in the series finale Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at Lupton Stadium.