Frogs pound Air Force, win 12-6
April 2, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - A big second inning propelled the Frogs to their third win of the Mountain West Preseason Tournament Sunday afternoon at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Frogs pounded out a season-high 17 hits as they cruised to the 12-6 victory over Air Force. Chad Huffman and Andrew Walker both homered for TCU.
The Falcons took a 1-0 lead in the first, but the Frogs struck for seven in the top of the second to gain the advantage. With one out, nine straight men reached base for TCU. Andrew Walker got the inning going with a single. Base hits by Matt Vern and Austin Adams loaded the bases. Corey Steglich put the Frogs up 2-1 with a single and Bryan Kervin plated two with a single through the right side. Chad Huffman and Matt Carpenter stroked back-to-back doubles to round out the scoring in the inning.
Air Force picked up two runs in the bottom of the second inning. Brad Madison doubled to lead off the inning and moved to third on a wild pitch. TCU starter Shawn Ferguson struck out the next two batters he faced but three straight Falcon batters reached. Dustin Smith doubled in the second run and Geno Salazar plated him to cut the TCU lead to 7-3.
Huffman pushed the lead out to 8-3 with his second home run of the season as he drilled a 3-2 pitch over the left center fence.
In the fifth inning, the Frogs picked up three more runs to extend their lead to 11-3. Walker started the inning with a long home run to left field. With two outs, the Frogs pushed across two runs on a Steven Trout opposite field single that plated Kervin and Steglich.
Josh Meents got the Falcons back in the game in the bottom of the fifth, homering to right field, driving in three runs to make it an 11-6 contest, but that was as close as they would get. Brent Allar came on in the sixth and closed out the game.
In the sixth inning, TCU scratched across another run. Keith Conlon stroked a one out double and scored on Walker's third hit of the game to account for the final score.
Shawn Ferguson went four innings in the no-decision. He gave up six runs on six hits, striking out four and walking four. Omar Arif pitched two scoreless innings, recording two strikeouts to earn his first career win. Allar twirled three scoreless innings to pick up his second save of the season. He gave up one hit and struck out three.
The Frogs improve to 15-15 overall on the season and 3-1 in Mountain West Conference play. TCU returns to Fort Worth to begin a four-game home stand. Nationally-ranked Baylor will head to Lupton Stadium for a Tuesday night contest. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.