TCU drops Tuesday night affair at No. 19 Oklahoma
April 3, 2007
NORMAN, Okla. - A wild first couple of innings went the way of the No. 19 Oklahoma Sooners and the TCU Horned Frogs couldn't recover as they dropped a 13-5 decision at L. Dale Mitchell Park. Oklahoma built a 10-4 lead after two innings and the Sooner bullpen shut down the Frog offense. Corey Steglich and Ben Carruthers led the team offensively with two hits apiece, while Matt McGuirk hit his fourth home run of the season.
The Frogs struck for two runs in the top of the first as Oklahoma starter Brad Burns struggled with the strike zone. After getting the first out of the game, five straight Frogs reached base. Steven Trout got the rally going with a single through the left side. Keith Conlon dumped a base hit into center and Austin Adams walked to load the bases. On a check swing, Corey Steglich managed to keep the ball fair and he reached on the base hit and the Frogs had a 1-0 lead. Matt Vern followed with a base hit to plate Conlon, ending Burns evening. Ryan Mottern came on and got the Sooners out of the jam.
Oklahoma struck back in the bottom of the inning, scoring seven times on four hits, two walks and a costly error. The Sooners loaded the bases with no outs and Aaron Reza hit a sharp line drive off the glove of TCU starter Tyler Lockwood that deflected into left field to tied the game. Five more runs scored in the inning before Donald Furrow came on and picked off Aljay Davis to end the inning.
TCU attempted to inch back into the game, pushing across two unearned runs in the top of the second. Ben Carruthers walked and Bryan Kervin singled to open the inning. A throwing error by the pitcher allowed Carruthers to score and Conlon grounded out to push across the second run of the inning. But the Sooners struck for three in the bottom of the inning to build a 10-4 lead.
Chris Henry relieved Mottern in the third and held the Frogs to just two hits over the next four innings. Meanwhile, the Sooner offense tacked on three more runs to take a commanding 13-4 lead.
The Frogs tacked on their fifth run of the game in the ninth on a solo home run to right field off the bat of Matt McGuirk. It was his fourth round-tripper of the season.
Tyler Lockwood, making his fourth start of the season, was tagged with the loss. He allowed seven runs (five earned) on just four hits. He walked two and struck out one.
Cody Dunbar tossed two scoreless innings of relief for the Frogs to close out the game. He allowed just two hits, walked two and struck out three.
The Frogs fall to 21-9 on the season. They will return to conference play this weekend when they head to Colorado Springs for the second three-game series of the season against Air Force. Thursday's series opener is slated for a 3 p.m. (CST) start.
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