Comeback Frogs do it again, rally to sweep UCSB
April 1, 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas - Trailing 3-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh, the No. 26 TCU Horned Frogs scored eight unanswered runs to rally for the 8-3 victory. The Frogs keep their home winning streak in tact with their fourth series sweep of the season. The streak now stands at 18 games dating back to last season. A five-run eighth inning proved to be the difference in the game. Andrew Walker and Corey Steglich tallied two RBIs each.
UC Santa Barbara freshman starter, Mike Ford was dominating through the first six innings of the ballgame, retiring the first 17 batters he faced before a Ben Carruthers base hit broke up the perfect game. Meanwhile, the Gauchos had built a 3-0 lead on the Frogs.
A lead-off double by Shane Carlson in the third inning translated into another early lead for UCSB. An RBI ground out by Chris Fox made it a 1-0 game after two.
Two more runs crossed the plate for the Gauchos in the top of the sixth. Robbie Blauer singled with two outs and moved to second on a walk to Mike Zuanich. Matt Anderson cleared the bases with a double to the gap in left center. TCU starter Chance Corgan stranded him at second getting Mario Lewis to pop up to end the inning.
In the top of the seventh, the Gauchos threatened to add another run, getting a guy to third with two outs. Derek VerHagen came on in relief and retired Fox to end the inning.
Corgan tossed 6 2/3 innings in the no decision, allowing three runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out one.
The bottom of the seventh saw the Horned Frog bats come alive as they got the game tied at three thanks to four hits and two costly UCSB errors. Steven Trout got things started with a base hit up the middle. Keith Conlon's sharp hit deflected off the pitcher for a base hit to put two on with nobody out. Austin Adams hit what looked like a double play ball to short, but Carlson didn't field the ball cleanly and Trout scored from second. On the same play, Carlson's throw to the plate was errant, allowing Conlon and Adams to move up 90 feet into scoring position. Corey Steglich made it a one-run game with a sacrifice fly and Matt Vern tied it with a single to left.
Once again, UCSB threatened to regain the lead as the first two batters of the inning reached on a single and a walk. Sam Demel was called on to get the Frogs out of the jam. He picked up three outs while facing just two batters, inducing a foul pop up from Zuanich and getting Anderson to bounce into the inning-ending double play.
A defensive collapse in the bottom of the eighth helped the Frogs put up five runs to break the game open and earn their second come-from-behind victory in as many days. Three consecutive singles, two of the bunt variety, loaded the bases with nobody out. Adams again put the pressure on the defense and again, they were not up to the task as the third baseman threw wide of home plate trying to get the force out and Kervin slid in safely with the go-ahead run. A funny ricochet on the errant throw also allowed Trout to score, giving TCU the 5-3 lead.
With the infield drawn in, Steglich ripped a ball right at the second baseman, who opted to thrown home to cut down the run, but his throw was not in time and Conlon was safe at home. Andrew Walker followed with a two-run single to center to round out the scoring for the Frogs.
Steven Maxwell came on in the ninth to close the door. He picked up two quick outs, but the Gauchos loaded the bases on two hits and a walk. Maxwell left the runners on, freezing Steve Domecus at the plate for the final out of the game.
TCU improves to 21-8 on the season. The Frogs will embark on a season-long eight game road swing beginning Tuesday night in Norman, Okla. against Top 25 Oklahoma. Game time at L. Dale Mitchell Park is set for 6:30 p.m.