Frogs cruise to 14-5 win over BYU
April 22, 2006
PROVO, Utah - A seven-run fourth inning erased a 5-2 deficit for TCU as they cruised to the 14-5 win over the BYU Cougars Friday night at Larry H. Miller Park. The win guarantees the Frogs their third straight Mountain West Conference series victory. Five Frogs had at least two hits in the contest and nine collected RBIs. Donald Furrow faced the minimum in three innings of work to earn his first save of the season.
TCU drew first blood in the contest as they put together a two-out rally in the first. Chad Huffman worked a two-out walk and moved up on a wild pitch. Matt Carpenter delivered a double to the left center gap driving in Huffman. Andrew Walker followed with a single through the left side to score Carpenter, giving the Frogs the early 2-0 lead.
The Cougars battled back to tie the game in the bottom of the second. Jeff Heistand walked to lead-off the inning and moved to second on a wild pitch. After a strikeout, Dane Nielsen walked to put two on and Blake Crosby singled to the middle to drive in the Cougars first run. After a balk, Casey Nelson grounded out to drive in the tying run.
A three-run home run off the bat of BYU right-fielder Ben Saylor gave the Cougars the 5-2 lead in the third after the first two batters had reached on base hits. TCU starter Brad Furnish battled back, working around a one-out triple by striking out Nielsen and getting Crosby to fly out to keep it a 5-2 deficit.
The lead was short lived as the Frogs battled back, picking up seven runs on six hits in the fourth. Walker walked to start the rally. After Austin Adams walked, Matt Vern drove a ball to deep center for a RBI double. With the bases loaded, Ryan Pack hit a ball through the left side to tie the game at five with nobody out. A Steven Trout single through the right side gave the Frogs the 6-5 lead and Huffman singled to drive in another run, ending BYU starter Jesse Craig's night.
Cougar reliever Jordan Muir came on and retired the first batter he faced, but Walker kept the inning alive with a base hit and Adams came through with a two-run single to give TCU a 9-5 lead after four innings
Furnish settled in and worked out of some jams as he went six innings to improve to 4-5 on the season. He allowed five runs on nine hits, while striking out four and walking four.
The Frogs kept piling on the runs as they increased their lead to 10-5 on a long home run off the bat of Bryan Kervin with two outs in the fifth inning.
Kervin struck again in the seventh inning as he drove in his second run of the night, scoring Vern, who reached on an infield single to lead off the inning.
Two more runs crossed the plate for the Frogs in the top of the eighth inning. Huffman was hit for the second time in the game to start the inning and moved to second on Carpenter's third hit of the night. Adams singled to drive in his third run of the game and Jerid Buttell dropped down a safety squeeze to drive in Carpenter. A wild pitch in the ninth inning allowed Pack to score TCU's 14th run of the game.
Furrow worked the final three innings of the game to earn his first save of the season. The only blemish on his line was an unusual play with one out in the eighth. Crosby squared around to bunt and bunted the ball over Carpenter's head for a double. He was erased on a great play by Huffman at first, who speared it and doubled Crosby off at second. He struck out the side in the ninth to give the Frogs the win.
TCU improves to 24-16 on the season and 11-1 in conference play. It will go for the sweep on Saturday in the series finale. Game time is slated for a 2 p.m. (CST) start.