Frogs blow past Air Force, 16-1
April 7, 2006
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs scored in each of the first five innings as they cruised to a 16-1 victory over Air Force in Mountain West Conference play Friday night at Lupton Stadium. Jake Arrieta and Taylor Cragin combined to hold the Falcons to a run on three hits. Bryan Kervin and Corey Steglich led the offensive attack with three hits apiece, while seven different Frogs drove in two runs.
TCU used a two-out rally to take the early lead in the bottom of the first as they sent nine batters to the plate. Keith Conlon drove in Steven Trout with the first run of the game and scored on a two-run double off the bat of Andrew Walker. After one, the Frogs led 3-0.
The Frogs batted around again in the second inning, scoring six times on five hits and were helped along by two Falcon errors in the inning. Kervin led off the inning with an infield hit and Chad Huffman singled with one out to extend his hit streak to 16 games setting up a two-run double by Matt Carpenter. Matt Vern stroked a two-out two run doubled to give TCU the 6-0 lead and scored on an error by the third baseman. Ryan Pack's RBI-single ended Air Force starter, Mitch Brown's night after just 1.2 innings of work.
Conlon singled in the lone run of the third inning to extend the Horned Frog lead to 10-0. Two more runs crossed the plate in the fourth as Vern and Steglich traded doubles to open the frame. Kervin's sacrifice fly put the Frogs up 12-0 after four.
In the fifth, TCU once again batted around as they pushed across four runs on five hits. Falcon reliever Juan Perez retired the first two batters in the inning, but seven straight batters reached base before Josh Meents came on to get the final out of the inning. Pack and Kervin each collected an RBI single, while Trout doubled in two runs.
Arrieta (7-2) went five innings allowing just a lone single in the fourth inning. He struck out seven and walked three. Cragin went the final four innings to earn his first career save. The lone blemish on his line was an eighth-inning lead-off home run by Jon Polston. He struck out six and walked two.
The Frogs improve to 17-15 overall and 4-1 in MWC play. They will square off against the Falcons on Saturday in game two of the series. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. at Lupton Stadium. Brad Furnish will take the mound for the Frogs and face Clayton Couch.
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