Frogs cruise to 12-3 victory over UC Santa Barbara in game one
March 31, 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas - The No. 26 TCU Horned Frogs remained perfect at home this season with a 12-3 victory over UC Santa Barbara in the first of two games on Saturday. The offense produced 12 runs on 13 hits. Hunt Woodruff was the star at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a double and a home run. The defense played a flawless game and turned four double plays en route to the victory.
The Gauchos jumped out to an early lead, pushing across an unearned run on two hits. Chris Fox led off the game with a base hit to center and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice from Cody Dee. A passed ball moved Fox to third where he scored on a Robbie Blauer base hit to give UC Santa Barbara a 1-0 lead.
The Frogs wasted no time knotting the game at one as they took advantage of an error by the shortstop. Keith Conlon smashed the ball to right field to plate Steven Trout, but was thrown out trying to stretch the double into a triple.
After a scoreless second inning, the Frog offense came alive as they took lead for good. Trout worked a one out walk ahead of another double from Conlon. Austin Adams cleared the bases with his fourth home run of the season, a line drive over the 400 foot sign in straight away center field.
TCU starter Chris Johnson got an inning-ending double play to close out the top of the fourth, spurring another Frog rally in the bottom of the inning. Hunt Woodruff picked up his second hit of the game to lead off. Ben Carruthers attempted to bunt him over, but instead wound up battling through a 10-pitch at-bat. He popped up in shallow foul territory, but the ball fell untouched between the pitcher and the catcher, giving him new life. Two pitches later, Carruthers sent the ball sailing over the left field fence for his second home run of the season to give TCU the 6-1 lead.
UC Santa Barbara looked like they might climb back into the game in the top of the sixth as it loaded the bases with no outs on a hit-by-pitch and two walks. They managed just one run as Johnson bore down and induced his third double play ball of the afternoon. He struck out Shane Carlson to end the inning.
Eleven men came to the plate in the bottom of the sixth and six came around to score as the Frogs broke the game wide open. Woodruff led off the inning with his first home run of the season. Four batters later, the bases were loaded with just one out. Adams earned a painful RBI as he took a pitch off the shoulder to plate Carruthers. Corey Steglich followed with a two-run hustle double. Matt Vern grounded out to drive in Adams and Andrew Walker singled to plate Steglich. After six innings, the Frogs led 12-2.
The Gauchos picked up a run in the seventh inning to account for the final score.
Johnson improved to 5-2 on the season. He went seven innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on nine hits. He walked two and struck out three. Chase Perry tossed two scoreless innings to close out the ball game.
The Frogs improve to 19-8 on the season.