Frogs' suffer heartbreaking 12-11 loss to No. 16 Oklahoma
April 11, 2006
NORMAN, Okla. - After the Frogs had rallied to take the lead in the top of the ninth on Corey Steglich's first career home run, the Sooners rallied with two of their own in the bottom to steal the 12-11 victory Tuesday night in Norman. An error with the bases loaded and two outs allowed the winning run to score. The loss snaps the Frogs season-long five game win streak.
In the top of the ninth inning the Frogs were down to their final strike when pinch-hitter Austin Adams reached out and poked the ball to right field for a base hit. On the very next pitch, Steglich gave the Frogs an 11-10 lead with a home run to left field.
In the bottom of the inning, Freddie Rodriguez singled to start the Oklahoma rally. Jake Arrieta came on and gave up a single to Aaron Reza to put two on with no outs. After a sacrifice bunt moved the runners up 90 feet, Arrieta struck out Joseph Hughes. An intentional walk to Chuckie Caufield loaded the bases and Russell Raley's ground ball to first base was bobbled by Chad Huffman, allowing the winning runs to score.
The Horned Frogs took the early lead in the top of the first. Oklahoma starter Brad Burns struggled to find the strike zone as he walked Bryan Kervin to start the game, surrendered a base hit to Steven Trout and walked Chad Huffman to load the bases with no outs. Matt Carpenter hit a sacrifice fly to deep center that plated Kervin to give TCU the 1-0 lead.
A Ryan Rohlinger base hit with runners on the corner knotted the game at one in the bottom of the first. Caufield led off the inning with a single and scored on Rohlinger's base hit.
Five two-out hits gave the Frogs a 5-1 lead in the top of the second. Ryan Pack got the rally started, stole second and scored on Kervin's base knock to right field. Trout collected his second hit of the game and Huffman unloaded the bases with his fourth home run of the game, ending Burns' day.
The Sooners put a six spot on the board in the bottom of the frame to take their first lead of the night. Caufield singled in two runs with a bases loaded base hit and Kevin Smith hit a three-run home run to give the Sooners a 7-5 lead.
Oklahoma extended its lead in the bottom of the third inning as they scored three times on four hits. The Sooners got RBIs for Caufield, Russell Raley and Rohlinger.
TCU scratched across a run in the top of the fifth inning to pull within four. Chad Huffman walked to open the frame and Carpenter singled to put two on. Andrew Walker smoked a single through the left side to plate the Frogs sixth run of the game.
The Frogs inched closer in the top of the seventh, scoring three times on four hits. Huffman homered to lead off the inning, recording his third career multi-home run game. After a Carpenter line out, Conlon singled to left and scored on an Andrew Walker double to right center. Corey Steglich singled in Walker to make it a 10-9 game.
Donald Furrow was dominant as he twirled 4.2 scoreless innings. He allowed three hits, struck out three and walked two. At one point he had retired nine straight batters.
The Frogs fall to 19-16 with the loss. TCU returns to conference play Friday night when the three-time defending Mountain West Conference champions UNLV Rebels come to Lupton Stadium for a three-game weekend series. Game time Friday is set for 7 p.m.