Frogs soar past Falcons, 9-2
April 5, 2007
USAF ACADMEY, Colo. - The No. 28 TCU Horned Frogs improved to 6-1 in conference play with a 9-2 victory over Air Force on Thursday afternoon. TCU pounded out 13 hits and played flawless defense en route to the victory. Five different Frogs recorded two hits, with Bryan Kervin leading the way. He was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a home run.
Air Force threatened to take the early lead in the bottom of the first inning. With two outs, Karl Bolt singled and Matt Alexander doubled off the wall in right field. Bolt tried to score from first base but was thrown out at home on an excellent relay from Kervin.
The Frogs struck first in the top of the second, scoring two runs on three hits. Andrew Walker stroked a one-out single and moved all the way to third on a fielding error by the right fielder. Matt Vern followed with a base knock to give TCU a 1-0 lead. With two on and two out, Kervin drove in his first run of the game with a base hit to right field.
Another two-run inning in the third helped the Frogs build a four-run lead. Austin Adams got things started with a double. Corey Steglich drove a double off the fence in right to plate Adams and he scored on Walker's second hit of the game.
The Falcons scratched across their first run of the ballgame in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead to 4-1. Jake Arrieta retired the first two batters of the inning before issuing a walk to Daniel Walker who then stole second base. Chay Derbigny laced a single to right field and Walker raced around the bases to score.
Both pitchers settled in as Arrieta worked out of a few jams over the next three innings, stranding five Falcons on base. Meanwhile, Air Force starter Alex Truesdale put three consecutive zeroes on the board to keep it a 4-1 contest.
TCU's bats came back to life with one out in the top of the seventh as the Frogs chased Truesdale from the game. Ben Carruthers extended his hit streak to five games with a base hit to center. Kervin took a 1-0 offering a drove it over the centerfield fence for a two-run home run as the Frogs opened up a 6-1 lead.
A one-out single by K.J. Randhawa in the seventh ended Arrieta's afternoon. Sam Demel came on in relief and retired two of the next three batters to end the Falcon threat.
Arrieta improved to 5-2 on the season after allowing just one run on five hits in 6 1/3 innings pitched. He struck out four and walked four.
A two-out RBI triple off the bat of Vern in the eighth drove in Steglich who drew a one-out walk from Falcon relief pitcher Mitch Brown. After eight innings, the Frogs were in control, 7-1.
Two more runs in the ninth sealed the Horned Frog victory. Carruthers led off the inning with a double and scored on a bases loaded hit from Adams. An errant throw by the center fielder allowed Steven Trout to scamper home with the Frogs final run of the game.
Air Force picked up a run on a pair of hits in the bottom of the ninth off Chase Perry. The first two batters picked up base hits before Perry induced a double play ball off the bat of Walker that scored the run. He got Derbigny to ground out to end the game.
TCU improves to 22-9 overall and 6-1 in MWC play. The two teams will hit the diamond again on Friday afternoon with first pitch slated for 3 p.m. (CST).