TCU dominates San Diego State for series sweep
April 29, 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas - The No. 27 TCU Horned Frogs dominated from start to finish as they completed the series sweep of San Diego State with a convincing 11-1 victory Sunday afternoon at Lupton Stadium. The offense pounded out 15 hits and Chance Corgan (6-1) tossed seven strong innings to help lead the Frogs to victory. Ben Carruthers and Steven Trout finished with a game-high three hits.
TCU took the early lead in the first inning and never looked back. Trout doubled with one out and scored on an Andrew Walker base hit to left field to give the Frogs the 1-0 lead.
Corgan was dominating in his seven innings of work. In the first three innings, the only blemish on his line was a two-out walk to Nick Romero. He didn't surrender his first hit of the game until there were two out in the fourth inning.
Two unearned runs in the third inning gave TCU a commanding 3-0 lead. Carruthers led off the inning with a base hit and moved to second on a bunt single from Clint Arnold. San Diego State starter Lance Sewell got a big out, but a passed ball moved both runners into scoring position. On a Walker batted ball, Sewell made a great play to nab it, but his throw to home plate was wide, allowing both runners to score.
Back-to-back one-out hits in the fifth inning gave the Aztecs their first threat of the game, but Corgan picked Pat Colwell off at first and froze Josh Chasse at the plate to end the inning without any damage.
TCU broke the game open in the sixth inning, scoring three times on four two-out hits. Steven Ellington bounced a ball up the middle to start the rally and moved to third on a Carruthers double. Arnold laced a double past the outstretched glove of Aztec shortstop Troy Hanzawa to drive in the two runs. Trout followed with a base hit to center to make it a 6-0 game.
San Diego State's lone run crossed the plate in the eighth inning. The first two batters reached base and Brian Lucas eventually came around to score on a wild pitch to make it a 7-1 ballgame.
The Frogs put the game out of reach in the eighth inning as they put up four runs on three hits. Arnold walked followed by consecutive singles from Trout and Walker to load the bases. Austin Adams drilled a double off the fence in left field to drive in two. After Kervin walked to load the bases, Aztec relief pitcher Garrett Parcell struggled with the strike zone. He hit Teddy Kreder to drive Walker and then walked Ellington to plate Adams.
Corgan finished the game allowing just the one run. He surrendered just six hits, walked one and struck out five. Steven Maxwell closed out the game, pitching two scoreless innings. He didn't give up a hit and struck out one.
The Frogs improve to 34-10 overall and 15-2 in conference play. They will wrap up their season-long nine-game homestand with a Tuesday night match-up against Baylor. The game, which is set to air nationally on CSTV, is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m.