TCU upends UNLV in series opener, 7-3
April 14, 2006
FORT WORTH, TEXAS - Behind another solid outing from sophomore Jake Arrieta, TCU cruised to a 7-3 victory over UNLV in the series opener Friday night at Lupton Stadium. Arrieta gave up just one run on two hits in seven innings while Austin Adams led the Horned Frog offense, going 4-for-4 and scoring two runs. The win marks the 100th victory for TCU under Head Coach Jim Schlossnagle.
Arrieta (8-3) held the Rebels without a hit until the sixth. Through five innings, the right hander had faced just two batters over the minimum. A rocky sixth inning saw the Rebels push across a single run as seven men came to the plate. He got Braden Walker to fly out to end the inning, leaving the bases full of Rebels. Arrieta struck out the final two batters he faced in the seventh, stranding a lead-off double at third base.
The Horned Frogs broke a scoreless tie in the third inning as they pushed across three runs on three hits. Adams led off the inning with a single up the middle and moved to second on a Corey Steglich sacrifice bunt. After a walk to Ryan Pack, Bryan Kervin executed a perfect hit and run, allowing Adams to score the first run of the game. Steven Trout was hit in the back, loading the bases for Chad Huffman who drew a walk to drive in the second run of the game. Matt Carpenter rounded out the scoring with a RBI single to right field.
TCU extended its lead to 4-0 in the fourth on two hits. Adams picked up his second hit of the game and scored on a long double off the bat of Ryan Pack.
After the Rebels had pulled to within three at 4-1, the Frogs broke the game open with a three-run seventh inning. Pack led off with his second double of the game and scored on a base hit by Huffman, who extended his career-long hit streak to 20 games. Keith Conlon smoked a two-out double off the wall in right that scored Pack and a throwing error by the right fielder allowed Huffman to score the seventh run of the game.
UNLV pushed across two runs in the top of the eighth. C.J. Lang and Kevin Smith opened the inning with back-to-back singles. Relief pitcher Omar Arif got a big strikeout and surrendered a sacrifice fly to Walker before an error allowed the second run of the inning to score. Dillon Farish came on and retired Mike Cruz to end the inning.
Farish earned his second save of the season, retiring all four batters he faced. He struck out the side in the ninth inning to give the Frogs their 20th win of the season.
With the win, TCU maintains sole possession of first place in the Mountain West. They improve to 20-16 overall and 7-1 in conference play. The teams will square off on Saturday in game two of the series. Game time is 2 p.m. at Lupton Stadium. Brad Furnish will face UNLV's Kevin Skogley.