Total effort leads TCU in 5-1 victory over Air Force
April 4, 2008
FORT WORTH, Texas - Another outstanding effort on the mound from Tyler Lockwood and a productive night by the offense helped the TCU Horned Frogs defeat Air Force 5-1 Friday night at Lupton Stadium. Clint Arnold and Steve Ellington each had three-hit nights, while Corey Steglich drove in two of the Frogs' runs. Lockwood pitched his second consecutive complete game to improve to 3-0.
Lockwood surrendered just one run on six hits in nine innings of work. For the third straight start he didn't walk a batter while striking out eight. The sophomore right-hander has not walked a batter in his last 29 innings pitched.
Back-to-back singles from Ben Carruthers and Bryan Kervin to open the bottom of the first got the Frogs off on the right foot. Arnold advanced both runners 90 feet with a sacrifice and Bryan Holaday grounded out to put TCU on top 1-0.
A two-out rally sparked by a Jimmie Pharr double helped the Frogs add to their lead in the second inning. Steglich put the Frogs up two with a single to left field. Carruthers doubled home Steglich for a 3-0 lead.
A solo home run by Chay Derbigny in the top of the fourth inning cut into the Horned Frog lead as the Falcons pulled within two, 3-1.
The Frogs had runners on in every inning, but Air Force relief pitcher Alex Truesdale was able to work out of jams to keep it a two-run contest.
TCU finally broke through against Truesdale in the bottom of the sixth inning with a run on two hits. Steve Ellington dropped in a lead-off single and moved to second on a bunt-single from Matt Carpenter. Both runners tagged and moved up 90 feet on a long fly ball from Pharr and Steglich brought home Steve Ellington with a sacrifice fly to center field.
Air Force tried to mount rallies, but every time Lockwood had an answer. A one-out single in the fifth was erased on a double play to end the inning. In the sixth, Derbigny was hit by the pitch to lead off the frame, but Lockwood retired the next three batters in order, stranding Derbigny at third.
The Falcons had another threat brewing in the top of the eighth inning on back-to-back one out singles, but again, Lockwood got out of the jam on a double play ball to Carpenter at third base.
TCU added to its lead in the bottom of the frame to account for the final score. Steve Ellington singled to lead off the inning and gave way to pinch runner, Eric Givens. Carpenter sacrificed Givens to second and he scored on a base hit up the middle from Pharr to make it a 5-1 game.
The Frogs improve to 17-12 on the season and 3-4 in conference play. They will take the mound again on Saturday afternoon against the Falcons in game two of the series. Sean Hoelscher will toe the rubber for the Frogs, facing Air Force's David Miller. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m.