Total effort leads TCU to 6-3 victory over Baylor
April 10, 2007
WACO, Texas - A complete all-around effort led the Frogs to victory Tuesday at Baylor Ballpark in Waco as the No. 28 TCU Horned Frogs topped the Baylor Bears 6-3. The Frogs got great efforts on the mound from Chance Corgan, Tyler Lockwood and Sam Demel as they combined to hold the Bears in check. Offensively, Steven Trout and Keith Conlon had three hit nights for TCU.
TCU saw a golden opportunity to jump on top early go by the wayside in the first inning. Trout doubled with one out and moved to third on an infield chopper off the bat of Conlon. Baylor starter Wade Mackey retired the next two batters to end the threat.
The Frogs finally broke through in the third inning, pushing across a run on two hits. Bryan Kervin worked a one-out walk and moved to third on an infield single from Trout. Conlon dropped a bunt down the third base line and beat the throw for another infield single to drive home Kervin for the 1-0 lead.
Baylor threatened to tie the game in the third with a lead-off double from Shaver Hensen. Drew Bias bunted him to third, but TCU starter Chance Corgan buckled down and froze Ben Booker at the plate for the second out of the inning. After issuing a walk to Chase Gerdes, Corgan got out of the jam with his second strikeout looking of the inning as he struck out Matt Sodolak to end the threat.
Corgan tossed three scoreless innings in the no-decision. He allowed just one hit, walked one and struck out two.
The Bears were finally able to draw even in the bottom of the fifth, pushing across a run on two hits. Ben Booker doubled with one out and moved to third on an errant pickoff throw. After a walk put runners on the corners, Sodolak bunted his way on base to push across the tying run. Another walk set up the inning-ending double play as Tyler Lockwood induced the ground ball off the bat of Tim Jackson.
TCU responded in the top of the sixth, scoring three times on four hits to regain the lead. Andrew Walker started off the inning with an infield single and moved to second on a throwing error. Matt Vern followed with a double to give TCU the 2-1 advantage. Clint Arnold singled up the middle to put runners on the corners, then stole second. Ben Carruthers came through with a one-out single up the middle to drive home two runs.
Lockwood improved to 2-1 on the season, picking up the victory in relief. He tossed three innings, allowing one run on six hits. He walked two and struck out two.
Another Bear threat went by the boards in the seventh as they had the bases loaded with only one out. Bias singled to open the inning. Sam Demel came on in relief, getting Booker to line out before allowing a single and a walk to load the bases. He left the runners there as he fanned Aaron Miller and got Jackson to bounce into a fielder's choice to end the inning.
Two insurance runs for the Frogs crossed the plate in the ninth as TCU mounted a two-out rally. Carruthers worked a lead-off walk and moved to second on a Kervin groundout. With two outs, Baylor reliever Cliff Springston bounced a ball in the dirt that the catcher couldn't find and Carruthers raced home from second to make it a 5-1 game. Conlon kept the rally going with a single and scored on an Austin Adams triple off the wall in center field.
Baylor picked up two runs in the bottom of the ninth on a one-out single by Aaron Miller, but Demel retired two straight to earn his fifth save of the season. In his three innings of work, he fanned four batters and walked two.
The Frogs improved to 24-9 on the season and have now won three straight. They will wrap up their season-long eight-game road swing this weekend when they head west for a key Mountain West Conference match-up at UNLV. Friday night's game is slate for a 9:00 p.m. (CST) start and will be aired live on The mtn.