TCU's Rally Comes Up Short in 7-5 Loss at Oklahoma
April 14, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. - Two big innings for No. 9 Oklahoma spelled disaster for the TCU Horned Frogs as they saw their four-game winning streak come to an end in a 7-5 loss to the Sooners. The Frogs scored in four different innings, but couldn't get the big hit as they stranded 10 runners on base. Chris Ellington led the Frog offensive attack with three hits in the contest.
TCU had chances to score in eight of the nine innings, but could never find the big hit. Sooner pitchers struck out 15 batters in the contest and four of the 10 runners the Frogs stranded were in scoring position.
The Frogs did jump out to the early lead in the second inning, feeding off a strong first inning from starter Paul Gerrish (4-1), who struck out the side. Matt Curry was hit by the pitch with one out and Jason Coats unloaded with his sixth home run of the year to put the Frogs up 2-0.
The lead wouldn't hold as the Sooner bats came alive in the bottom of the frame. They picked up four runs on five hits. With runners on the corners and nobody out, Gerrish got a huge pop out for the first out of the inning. But that's all he would get as the Sooners tallied four straight hits en route to scoring four runs. Matt Harughty tied the game with a double and Chris Ellison gave the Sooners the lead with a bunt single. Tyler Lockwood came on in relief and retired the only batter he faced, while another was caught stealing to limit the damage and keep it a 4-2 contest.
In the fourth, the Frogs saw an opportunity to scratch across a run go by the wayside. Curry singled with two outs and Coats worked a walk to put two on, but Oklahoma starter Garrett Richards picked up a strikeout to end the inning.
In the bottom half of the frame, the Sooners took advantage of their opportunities, scoring three runs on three hits to open up a commanding 7-2 lead. With one out, five straight Sooners reached base and three of the came home to score. An error plated one run as did a bases loaded hit batsman. Bryant Hernandez rounded out the scoring with a sacrifice fly.
The Frogs got one of the runs back in the top of the fifth to make it a 7-3 contest. Taylor Featherston doubled with one out and scored on a two-out single from Ellington.
Taylor Cragin took the mound for the Frogs in the fifth inning and held the Sooners in check for the next three innings, giving the Frogs a chance.
A two-out rally in the seventh turned into another Frog run. Matt Carpenter was clipped by a Michael Rocha offering to start the rally. Ellington drove in his second run of the night with a double that scored Carpenter from first. Matt Vern was then plunked by a pitch, but Chase Anderson came on in relief and retired the final batter of the inning.
The Frogs made it a two-run ballgame in the eighth and had the go-ahead run at the plate as they pulled within 7-5. Coats singled with one out and moved to second on a two-out walk to Corey Steglich. Featherston lined a single into right to drive in Coats. JR Robinson came on and shut the door, stranding the tying runs on base.
That would be all the Frogs would get as they went down in order in the ninth.
Gerrish falls to 4-1 on the season. He allowed four runs on five hits in 1 1/3 innings of work. Cragin struck out five and surrendered just one hit in his three innings of work. Erik Miller worked a scoreless eighth inning.
The Frogs (23-11) will return to league play on Friday afternoon as they head to Colorado for a three-game series against Air Force. TCU currently is a half game out of first place.