Frogs pound No. 22 Baylor, 18-8
April 4, 2006
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs used a 12-run first inning en route to an 18-8 win, handing No. 22 Baylor its third consecutive loss Tuesday night at Lupton Stadium. TCU scored 18 runs on 17 hits, including seven extra base hits. Keith Conlon went 3-for-5 at the plate with six runs driven in and a record-tying three doubles. Chad Huffman was a perfect 4-for-4 with two RBIs and a pair of doubles.
Baylor took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but the Horned Frogs promptly responded, sending 16 men to the plate and scoring 12 times in the following frame. Conlon put the Frogs in front with a bases-loaded double that cleared the bags. An Andrew Walker home run made it a 5-1 contest.
The offense kept rolling as Matt Vern walked following the home run. Corey Steglich drove Vern home with his first career triple and scored on a Bryan Kervin sacrifice fly. Steven Trout kept the hits coming with a RBI single that drove home Ryan Pack. Chad Huffman's second hit of the inning plated Trout and he scored on a base hit from Matt Carpenter. Walker rounded out the scoring with a two-run single.
The Bears threatened to crawl back in the game as they loaded the bases to open the second inning. Chase Gerdes singled to drive in a run, but Donald Furrow buckled down and induced an infield fly to record the first out of the inning. Carpenter made a great catch on a line drive for the second out and Furrow struck out Seth Fortenberry to limit the Bears to just one run in the inning.
The Frogs got the run back in the bottom of the inning on Huffman's second double of the game that plated Pack.
Two more runs crossed the plate for TCU in the bottom of the fifth inning. Trout reached on a lead-off single and scored on Carpenter's third hit of the game. Huffman came around to score on a fielder's choice.
Baylor struck for two runs in the top of the sixth and two more in the seventh, but the Frogs were able to answer with two of their own in the bottom of the seventh on a two-run double from Conlon. A Jerid Buttell single in the eighth inning rounded out the scoring for the Frogs.
The Bears pushed across two runs in the top of the ninth inning to account for the final score.
Donald Furrow (1-0) got his first-career win with four innings of relief. He allowed just one run on four hits, while striking out five and walking two. Chase Perry threw 1.1 innings of scoreless relief as well.
The Frogs improve to 16-15 with the win. TCU will return to Mountain West Conference action when they host Air Force this weekend in a three-game series. Friday night's opener is slated for a 7 p.m. start at Lupton Stadium.