TCU ekes out 6-5 win over San Diego State
April 28, 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas - A Bryan Kervin RBI-single in the bottom of the sixth broke a 5-5 tie and the TCU Horned Frogs hung on for the 6-5 victory. Hunt Woodruff had another big game for the Frogs as he scored three runs and hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning. The Frog bullpen was equally impressive as Donald Furrow (2-0) and Sam Demel twirled 4 2/3 scoreless innings.
San Diego State made a bid to take an early lead, but TCU starter Chris Johnson was able to work out of the jam. Joe Spiers and Nick Romero singled to put runners on the corners for Frank LoNigro. Doing what he does best, Johnson induced a double play ground ball off the bat of LoNigro to end the inning.
The Frogs took advantage of a San Diego State miscue in the second and turned it into a 2-0 lead. Matt Vern doubled with one out for the Frogs first hit of the game. Aztec starter Steven Hirschfeld got a big strike out and looked to be out of the inning. Second baseman Garett Green booted a ball off the bat of Woodruff and Vern hustled home with the first run of the game. Steven Ellington followed with a long opposite field double to bring in Woodruff.
A two-out Spiers double cut the lead in half as he drove in Josh Chasse to make it a 2-1 game. Johnson stranded Spiers at second, getting the Aztecs leading hitter, Nick Romero, to ground out to preserve the lead.
The Aztecs took their first lead of the ball game in the fourth inning, scoring three times on two hits to open up a 4-2 advantage. Brandon Glover got the ball rolling with a one-out walk and moved to third on a Green base hit. Pat Colwell followed with a triple to right field to take a 3-2 lead. Chris Anderson hit a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to two.
Woodruff got the Frogs right back in the game with a two-out two-run home run in the bottom of the frame. Vern singled with one out but was erased on a fielder's choice off the bat of Arnold. Woodruff unloaded on a 1-2 Hirschfeld offering and drilled it down the right field line to tie the game at four.
San Diego State snatched the momentum back in the top of the fifth. A one-out walk to Spiers and a subsequent balk by Johnson put the go-ahead run at second. Spiers made a heads up play and stole third with just one out. On in relief, Furrow got Romero to ground out, but Spiers crossed the plate to give SDSU a 5-4 lead.
Furrow was dominating in his 2 2/3 innings of work. He allowed just three base hits and struck out two to pick up the win in relief. A one-out jam in the seventh was erased on a great play by shortstop Bryan Kervin, who caught a sinking line drive and turned it into a inning ending double play.
The Frogs battled back again to tie the game at five in the bottom of the fifth. Kervin singled with one out and moved to third on a Steven Trout infield single. Walker hit a long sacrifice fly to plate Kervin with the tying run.
Kervin was instrumental in driving in the Frogs game-winning run in the sixth inning. Woodruff was hit with a one-out pitch and moved to third on a two-out single by Ben Carruthers. Kervin worked a 3-2 count and eventually came through with a single to left field to drive in the run.
Sam Demel made the lead stick with two scoreless innings. He tossed a perfect eighth inning before surrendering back-to-back singles to open the ninth inning. He nailed down his eighth save of the season, striking out two and getting Spiers to ground out to end the game.
The Frogs (33-10, 14-2) will go for the series sweep of the Aztecs (27-20, 11-6) on Sunday. Game time is set for 1 p.m. Chance Corgan will go for TCU and face San Diego State's Lance Sewell.