TCU records win No. 100 at Lupton in 14-2 rout of BYU
April 20, 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas - The No. 27 TCU Horned Frogs exacted revenge on the BYU Cougars Friday night in a 14-2 rout. The win marks the Frogs' 100th victory at Lupton Stadium, which opened in 2003. TCU dominated in all facets of the game, scoring 14 runs on 13 hits, while playing flawless defense for the second game in a row. On the mound, Chris Johnson turned in an impressive performance to earn his team-leading eighth win of the season.
Johnson (8-2) tossed six scoreless innings for the Frogs, limiting the Cougars to just three hits. He walked three batters and struck out four. Combined with Steven Maxwell and Taylor Cragin, the trio held the Cougars first three batters hitless in 10 at-bats, while the entire starting nine registered just three hits in the game.
The offense provided Johnson with all the run support he would need as they picked up at least one run in the second through sixth innings. In three of those innings, the Frogs sent at least nine men to the plate and scored four times.
TCU struck first in the bottom of the second, scoring a run on one hit. Andrew Walker led off the inning with a double down the left field line and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from Matt Vern. Clint Arnold skied a sacrifice fly to center field to drive home Walker with the go-ahead run.
Another run crossed the plate in the third inning as the Frogs showed some speed on the base paths. They stole three bases in the frame, leading to one run. Ben Carruthers drew a one-out walk and moved to second on a Bryan Kervin base hit. With Steven Trout at the plate, Carruthers and Kervin executed a double steal. Trout came through with a base hit to make it a 2-0 lead.
The Frogs broke the game open in the fourth inning as they sent 10 men to the plate and scored four times on just three hits. The first three hitters in the inning reached base and Carruthers roped a single to center to drive in Vern. With the bases loaded and one out, BYU starter Jordan Muir struggled to find the strike zone as he hit Kervin on the knee and walked Trout to drive in two more Frog runs. On in relief, Michael Ward hit Austin Adams, the first batter he faced, to drive in the fourth run of the inning to give TCU a commanding 6-0 lead.
The Cougars looked poised to crack the scoreboard in the fifth when Steve Parker doubled to lead off the inning and Kasey Ko drew a walk. Patrick Wells singled through the right side and Adams came up throwing, gunning down Parker in a bang-bang play at the plate to keep the Cougars off the board. Johnson retired the final two batters of the inning to keep it a 6-0 game.
Four more runs crossed the plate for TCU in the fifth inning. The Frogs picked up two hits and were helped along by two Cougar errors, a walk and a hit-by-pitch. Ward retired the first two batters of the inning before walking Steven Ellington. Carruthers followed with his second hit. Cougar second baseman Kent Walton booted a ball off the bat of Kervin, which allowed Ellington to score from second. Ward hit Trout to load the bases and Walton made his second error of the inning to send home another run. Walker singled to center to drive in two more runs and after five, the Frogs were in control, 10-0.
In the sixth, the Frogs scored four runs on five hits to open up a commanding 14-0 lead. A RBIs double from Carruthers plated Matt McGuirk. TCU also got RBIs from Kervin, Trout and Hunt Woodruff in the inning.
BYU finally got on the scoreboard in the seventh inning, picking up a run on two hits. Pinch-hitter Chase Frampton tripled with one out and scored on a base hit from Thomas Bills. A ninth-inning RBI double from Bills accounted for the other Cougar run.
The Frogs, 29-10 overall and 11-2 in league play, will go for the series win on Saturday night at Lupton Stadium. Game time is slated for 6:30 p.m. Chance Corgan will toe the rubber for the Frogs and square off against the Cougars' Jake Wortham.