Adams' mammoth blast powers TCU past Texas Tech, 8-6
April 25, 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas - The No. 27 TCU Horned Frogs were trailing 6-2 in the bottom of the seventh when fate stepped in and turned the game around. The Lupton Stadium lights went out causing a 21-minute delay. When the lights came back on, a new team stepped to the plate. The Frogs scored five times in the seventh, helped along by Austin Adams' mammoth three-run blast, turning the deficit into a 7-6 TCU lead. The bullpen tossed five scoreless innings to help the Frogs pin down an 8-6 victory over Texas Tech Wednesday night.
After retiring 10 straight batters from the third through sixth innings Texas Tech starter Josh Scofield walked Ben Carruthers to open the bottom of the seventh, ending his night. While Steven Ellington was at the plate, the field lights went out, causing a 21 minute delay. Out of the delay, the bats came alive. With one out, Matt McGuirk picked up a pinch-hit single to center. Bryan Kervin loaded the bases with a single to left. Steven Trout cut the deficit in half with a two-run bouncer up the middle.
Paul Gonzalez, the Red Raiders third pitcher of the inning, came on and quickly got an out, but fell victim to Adams' monster bat. He hung a 3-2 curve ball in the zone that Adams deposited in the parking lot behind left field to complete the come back.
Matt Vern extended the Horned Frog lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. Earlier in the game, Vern made a bid for his third home run of the season, but flied out to the deepest part of the park to end the sixth inning. He finally hit paydirt in the eighth, hitting a solo shot to lead off the inning.
In the ninth, things got a little dicey as Sam Demel worked himself into a bases loaded jam. The first two batters reached via a hit-by-pitch and a walk. Clint Arnold made a game-saving play, diving to catch a sinking line drive off the bat of Kyle Martin to keep the Red Raiders off the scoreboard. Another walk loaded the bases, but Demel caught James Leverton looking and got Chris Richburg to fly out to Adams to end the game.
Texas Tech had taken the early lead in the third, scoring four times with two outs. Leverton gave Tech the lead with a run-scoring single and Richburg hit a three-run home run to center to make it a 4-0 game.
TCU cut the lead in half in the bottom of the inning, taking advantage of two free passes. Arnold doubled to right field to clear the bases, making it a 4-2 ballgame.
A Matt Smith home run in the fifth extended the lead to 5-2 and an unearned run in the sixth on a double by Roger Kieschnick accounted for the Raiders six runs.
On the mound, Chase Perry made his second straight Tuesday start. In the no-decision, he went four innings, allowing five runs on seven hits. He fanned six and didn't walk a batter.
Tyler Lockwood (4-2) picked up the win in relief. He went three innings, allowing just an unearned run on three hits. He struck out five. Demel picked up save No. 7 with two scoreless innings. He didn't surrender a hit, walked two and struck out two.
The Frogs improve to 31-10 on the season and are 4-1 on their current nine-game home stand. They host San Diego State this weekend in a pivotal Mountain West Conference match-up. Friday night's series opener is set for 6:30 p.m.