Ninth-inning run propels TCU to 1-0 victory
March 25, 2008
FORT WORTH, Texas - Tied at zero entering the ninth, the TCU Horned Frogs staved off a rally from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the top of the inning and used the momentum to push across the game-winning run in the bottom of the frame. Matt Vern doubled home Clint Arnold to give TCU a 1-0 win in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader. Seth Garrison tossed eight scoreless innings for the Frogs, while Eric Marshall picked up his second win in relief.
TCU's Garrison and the Islanders' Trey Hernandez teamed up in a classic pitcher's duel in the first game of the day. Garrison was dominating in his eight innings of work, limiting the Islanders to just four hits. He never faced more than four batters in an inning and had a string of 11 straight retired.
Hernandez matched Garrison pitch for pitch. Ben Carruthers led off the bottom of first and Bryan Holaday singled with one out to put two on. Hernandez got out of the jam getting Matt Carpenter to bounce into the inning ending double play. From there, the Frogs didn't send more than four batters to the plate through the eighth inning.
Matt Carpenter started the Frog rally in the bottom of the ninth, working a lead-off walk. He was erased on a fielder's choice off the bat of Arnold, but Vern came through with a double down the left field line and Arnold raced all the way home to give the Frogs the victory.
The Frogs got out of their biggest jam of the game in the top of the ninth when Stephen Flora doubled to lead off the inning. Eric Marshall came on and got Chase Wheaton to ground out, moving Flora to third. A walk to Jacob Perales put runners on the corners with one out, but Marshall came back to strike out Adrian Salinas and got Martin Parra to line out to Matt Vern in right field to end the threat.
In the no-decision, Garrison tossed eight scoreless innings. He surrendered just four hits, walked two and struck out six.
TCU improves to 12-10 on the season.