Win streak moves to seven as TCU tops Oklahoma 11-4
April 18, 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas - The No. 27 TCU Horned Frogs continued their winning ways as they handed No. 26 Oklahoma an 11-4 defeat Tuesday night at Lupton Stadium. The two teams waited through a 2:21 rain delay before finally getting underway. Offensively, the Frogs were on fire led by Steven Ellington's three-hit night. The pitching was equally as impressive, limiting the Sooners to just four runs on nine hits.
TCU jumped on top early, mounting a two-out rally in the bottom of the first inning. Austin Adams got things started, working a walk. After a walk to Andrew Walker, Matt Vern singled through the left side to give the Frogs the 1-0 lead.
Oklahoma looked poised to knot the game at one, but two outstanding defensive plays in the inning kept the Sooners at bay. Brandon Moss reached on a lead-off single, but was gunned down by Walker trying to steal second. With two outs and a runner on second, Cory Williamson dropped a single into right. Adams fielded the ball and threw a bullet to the plate where Walker applied the tag on Aaron Ivey, preventing the run from scoring.
The Frogs broke the game open in the second inning, scoring five times on just three hits. Steven Ellington singled to start the inning and moved to second on a walk to Ben Carruthers. Following a sacrifice bunt by Bryan Kervin, Steven Trout singled to plate Ellington. Adams cleared the bases with a double to give the Frogs a 4-1 advantage. Back-to-back walks loaded the bases with one out. Clint Arnold hit into a fielder's choice, scoring Adams and Walker came home on an errant throw by the second baseman to give the Frogs a 6-0 lead.
In the third, Aaron Reza hit a two-out single to drive in Oklahoma's first run of the game. A two-run fifth inning made it a 6-3 contest thanks to a wild pitch and an RBI groundout from Moss, but TCU reliever Tyler Lockwood was able to hold the Sooners at bay and prevent any further runs from scoring.
TCU responded to the two-run Oklahoma fifth inning with its second five-run outburst of the game. Ellington again led off the inning with a single and moved to third on a Kervin double. Trout walked to load the bases and Walker drew his third walk of the night to push across the Frogs' seventh run of the game. Back-to-back two-run doubles from Vern and Arnold made it an 11-3 ball game.
A two-out ninth inning run for the Sooners accounted for the final score.
On the mound, the TCU pitching staff was outstanding. Chase Perry tossed four strong innings in his first start of the season. He allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits, walked three and struck out two.
Lockwood (3-2) earned the win in relief, tossing three scoreless innings. He gave up just two hits, walked one and struck out one. Steven Maxwell followed with a scoreless inning that included two strikeouts. Cody Dunbar closed out the game, allowing a run on one hit, walking one and striking out two.
The Frogs remain home as they continue a season-long nine-game home stand on Thursday when they host BYU in a three-game MWC series. First pitch for Thursday's opener at Lupton Stadium is set for 6:30 p.m.