Big innings lead Frogs to 13-6 win over UNLV
April 14, 2007
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The TCU Horned Frogs put up crooked numbers in three innings en route to a 13-6 series-opening victory over UNLV Friday night at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. The Frogs offense was potent as they connected for six extra base hits, including three doubles from Clint Arnold. Austin Adams had four hits in the game to lead all hitters.
TCU got the scoring started in the second inning with a pair of doubles. Austin Adams drilled a two-base hit to the gap in right center field to open the inning. With one out, Andrew Walker traded places with Adams, doubling to the gap in left center and giving the Frogs the 1-0 lead.
UNLV had an answer in the bottom of the inning, picking up three two-out runs to take the lead. Ryan Kowalski got the rally started with a two-out bouncer up the middle. After stealing second, he tied the game on a base hit by Kyle Kretchmer. Xavier Scruggs followed with a long home run to right to put the Rebels on top 3-1.
An unearned run crossed the plate for the Rebels in the third as they extended their lead to 4-1. Blake Gailen singled with one out and moved to second on a balk. After a stolen base, Gailen scored on a throwing error by Jake Arrieta.
The Frogs came back to tie the game in the top of the fourth, scoring three times on three hits. Keith Conlon worked a lead-off walk and Adams singled up the middle to put two on with no body out. Matt Vern came through with a bases clearing double to make it a one-run game. Clint Arnold smoked a one-out double to tie the game at four.
A defensive collapse by the Rebels in the fifth inning led to a five-run outburst for the Frogs as they opened up a 9-4 lead. Steven Trout reached base on a wild pitch after striking out to start the rally. Conlon dumped in a base hit and Adams broke the tie with his third hit of the game, ending UNLV starter Kevin Skogley's night.
Chris Saddoris threw a wild pitch allowing Conlon to score from third. Braden Walker's first error of the inning kept the inning alive for Arnold, who cleared the bases with his second double of the game. Saddoris balked to move Arnold up 90 feet and Walker's second error of the inning allowed Arnold to score.
A two-run bottom of the seventh for UNLV cut into the Frog lead as the Rebels pulled within three. The two runs came with two outs on an RBI double from Gailen and an RBI single from Kevin Smith. Tyler Lockwood got out of the inning without allowing any more runs to cross the plate to preserve the 9-6 advantage.
Jake Arrieta (6-2) went 6 2/3 innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on nine hits. He walked just one and struck out three. Lockwood tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and striking out two. Taylor Cragin picked up the final two outs of the inning for the Frogs.
TCU broke the game open in the eighth, scoring three times on three hits to open up a 12-6 lead. Steven Ellington was hit by the pitch to open the inning and moved to second on a bunt single from Ben Carruthers. A Bryan Kervin sacrifice moved both runners up 90 feet, ending Saddoris' night. Rebel reliever Marc Baca struggled to find the strike zone, walking Trout to load the bases. Conlon followed with a single through the left side to score Ellington. Adams fourth hit of the night was good for two runs to round out the scoring in the inning.
The Frogs 13th run of the game came around in the top of the ninth. Arnold collected his third double of the game and moved to third on a fly ball off the bat of Ellington. Carruthers executed a perfect safety squeeze to score Arnold.
TCU improves to 25-9 on the season and 8-1 in conference play. Game two of the series is slated for Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. (CST). Chris Johnson will take the mound for the Frogs.