Frogs rally for series sweep, top UNLV 7-3
April 15, 2007
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Trailing 2-0 with two outs in the sixth inning, the No. 28 TCU Horned Frogs picked up four runs to take a lead they would never relinquish as they defeated UNLV 7-3 Sunday afternoon. The win is the sixth straight for the Frogs who improve to 10-1 in league play. Clint Arnold continued his torrid heating streak, lighting up Rebel pitching for four hits in the game. Bryan Kervin drove in two runs with two hits.
Through the first part of the game, the UNLV Rebels controlled the game as they had base runners galore. Despite the number of base runners, the Rebels managed to push across just two runs and after five innings, they had stranded nine men on base.
UNLV opened up a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Ryan Kowalski led off the inning with an infield single. Xavier Scruggs worked a walk and both runners moved up 90 feet on a sacrifice from Willie Bowman. A double from Drew Beuerlein gave the Rebels the lead. Braden Walker drew the second walk of the inning to reload the bases, but TCU starter Chance Corgan made some big pitches, striking out Calvin Beamon for the second out and getting Blake Gailen to ground out to end the inning.
Another run in the third pushed the Rebel lead to two. With a runner on and two outs, Corgan struggled with the strike zone, hitting Scruggs and walking Bowman to load the bases. Beuerlein got his second RBI of the game, taking a pitch off the leg to drive in the run.
UNLV looked poised to add to its lead in the fifth inning as they had runners on the corners with nobody out. Corgan battled through, freezing Bowman for the first out and then getting Beuerlein to ground into the inning-ending double play.
Rebel starter Matt Hutchison held the Frogs in check for the first five innings, limiting them to just three hits. But that came to an end with two outs in the sixth on a walk to Matt Vern.
That walk ignited the Horned Frog bats as they struck for four runs on four hits in the inning. Clint Arnold stroked his third hit of the game to put two on. Head Coach Jim Schlossnagle went to his bench, calling on Matt McGuirk. He delivered with a base hit up the middle to cut the Rebel lead in half. Another pinch hit single, this time from Keith Conlon, tied the game at two. Ben Carruthers was hit by the pitch to load the bases and Bryan Kervin gave the Frogs the lead with a single to center that drove in two runs.
Playing from behind for the first time in the game, the Rebels got one of the runs back to make it a 4-3 contest. Gailen tripled with two outs in the sixth and scored on base hit by Keith Smith. Derek VerHagen came on and struck out Efren Navarro Jr. to end the inning.
Andrew Walker wasted no time getting the run back, homering to left center leading off the seventh inning. Vern followed with a base hit and moved to second on an Arnold ground out. McGuirk dumped in a base hit and after Conlon was hit by the pitch, the bases were loaded. UNLV relief pitcher Adam Moser balked with two outs to push across another TCU run. After seven full innings, the Frogs were in control 6-3.
The Frogs pushed across their final run of the game in the eighth on a Vern RBI single that scored Austin Adams.
Corgan improves to 4-1 on the season. He went 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits. He walked four and struck out four. VerHagen picked up his first career save with 3 1/3 scoreless innings pitched. He gave up just two hits, walked two and struck out three.
The Frogs improve to 27-9 on the season and 10-1 in conference play. The Frogs will return home to open up a season-long nine-game home stand beginning Tuesday night when they host Oklahoma. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. at Lupton Stadium