Demel becomes TCU's career saves leader in 8-3 win at Utah
May 4, 2007
SALT LAKE CITY -- Jake Arrieta allowed three runs in 7 1/3 innings for his seventh victory of the season, while Sam Demel struck out three of the four batters he faced to become TCU's career saves leader in the Horned Frogs' 8-3 Friday night victory at Utah.
No. 23 TCU (35-11, 16-2), winners of seven of its last eight games and 14 out of 16, moved a step closer to its second consecutive Mountain West Conference championship.
Demel earned his 16th career save to break the previous Frog mark of 15 held by Travis Barr (1989-91).
The Frogs led 7-2 entering the bottom of the eighth, before the Utes (21-23, 9-7) pushed across a run and threatened for more with runners on second and third and one out. Donald Furrow relieved Arrieta and struck out pinch hitter Cody Guymon for the second out. Demel then entered and fanned Jesse Shriner on a 3-2 pitch swinging to end the inning.
Demel struck out two en route to retiring the side in order in the ninth.
After Clint Arnold walked to lead off the top of the second inning, Walker followed with his seventh home run of the season to give TCU a 2-0 lead.
Utah tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the second. The Frogs answered with a 3-run third inning to take a 5-2 lead. Woodruff had a two-run double before scoring on a Steve Ellington single. Woodruff and Austin Adams contributed two hits for the Frogs.
The Frogs plated two more runs in the fourth to extend their lead to 7-2. Trout led off the inning with his third homer of the year. Matt Vern followed with a double, one of his two hits, before coming around to score on an Arnold double.
Arrieta (7-3) allowed eight hits while striking out five and walking four.
With the Frogs leading 5-2 in the bottom of the third, Arrieta allowed three consecutive singles to load the bases with one out. However, he escaped the jam by inducing John Welsh to ground into an inning-ending double play. Prior to the Utes' three straight hits, Nate Burnham opened the inning with a walk before being thrown out stealing.
Stephen Fife (5-2) surrendered seven earned runs in three innings to take the loss.
TCU and Utah continue their series at 2 p.m. CT Saturday.