BYU snaps Frogs home winning streak
April 19, 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas - The BYU Cougars snapped the TCU Horned Frogs 19-game home winning streak with a 5-0 shutout victory at Lupton Stadium Thursday night. The loss also broke the Frogs seven-game winning streak. The Cougars put up five runs in the final two innings to earn the victory. Bryan Kervin had three hits to lead the Frogs offensively.
Kervin led off the bottom of the first with a double to left field. Steven Trout looked like he was going to put the Frogs on top with a looping fly ball, but second baseman Kent Walton made a great catch and doubled Kervin off to finish the double play.
The Cougars had their chances to capture the lead, but Jake Arrieta was able to work out of the jam and leave runners on base. BYU had runners at first and third with two outs in the third and Arrieta induced a fly ball off the bat of Apana Nakayama to end the inning
Two hits in the bottom of the third for the Frogs were wasted as the Cougars made another strong defensive play to pick up the second out of the inning. Matt McGuirk hit a one-out single and moved to third on a base hit from Ben Carruthers. The defense threw behind Carruthers and tagged him out for the second out.
BYU stranded two runners each in the fourth and fifth to keep it a scoreless game. In the fourth, Arrieta surrendered a one out walk followed by a single, but got a foul out from Collin Fanning then fanned Nakayama on a 2-2 pitch to end the threat.
The Frogs best chance to score came in the sixth inning as they had runners on the corners with nobody out. Carruthers led off the inning with a single and Kervin moved him to third on a beautifully executed hit-and-run. BYU starter Jesse Craig pitched out of the jam with two pop ups and a strikeout to keep it a scoreless game.
Leading off the eighth inning, Nakayama broke the 0-0 tie with a towering home run to right field.
A four-run ninth inning put the game out of reach for the Frogs. The Cougars got two-out RBIs from Fanning, Patrick Wells, Walton and Steve Parker before Cody Dunbar struck out Kasey Ko to end the inning.
Arrieta (6-3) with 7 1/3 innings, allowing just the one run on six hits. He struck out four and walked four.
Craig (7-2) tossed his third complete game of the season, surrendering just seven hits. He struck out six.
The Frogs fall to 28-10 on the season and 10-2 in conference play. They will try and knot the series at a game apiece on Friday night. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. at Lupton Stadium.