Schlossnagle tallies win No. 200 at TCU in sweep
May 4, 2008
FORT WORTH, Texas - A two-run homer by Clint Arnold helped rally TCU from a 3-0 deficit to a 6-4 win over Utah on Sunday at Lupton Stadium, giving Jim Schlossnagle his 200th victory as the Horned Frogs' head coach.
Schlossnagle is now 200-99 (.669) in five seasons in TCU's dugout and 277-146 (.655) in seven years overall.
TCU has won 14 of its last 15 conference games, including four sweeps in the last five series.
Utah got things going early, putting up three runs on six hits in the first three innings. The Utes got RBI singles from Nick Kuroczko and Cody Guymon to put them up 2-0 in the second. A two-out RBI single from Michael Beltran made it a 3-0 contest.
In his tenth start of the season, Greg Holle went just 2 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out three in the no-decision.
TCU threatened in both the second and third innings, but failed to convert on any of the scoring chances. Matt Carpenter's one-out single was erased by a double play and Steve Ellington, who worked a lead-off walk, was stranded at third in the third.
In the fourth, the Frogs finally put a crooked number on the scoreboard. Utah starter John James walked Bryan Kervin to open the inning. Clint Arnold pounded a double to right field to put two runners in scoring position with no outs. Kervin was cut down trying to score on a ground ball off the bat of Chris Ellington, but stayed in the run down long enough to get Ellington to second with only one out.
Carpenter was hit by the pitch to load the bases and Holaday drove in two with a single through the right side. TCU couldn't push across the tying run and after four it was 3-2 Utah.
Utah tried to rally, putting two runners on in the top of the sixth with two outs. Appleby dug himself out of the jam, getting Utah's Kuroczko to ground out to second to end the inning.
In the bottom of the inning, Chris Ellington knocked a single to left field and Matt Carpenter followed with a short fly ball to shallow right field. While Carpenter was thrown out at second, Ellington was able to advance to third. Holaday tied the game with his second hit, a hard smash to second.
With one out in seventh, Matt Vern bunted his way on to spark a three-run outburst that would give the Frogs their first lead of the game. With Ben Carruthers at the plate, Vern stole second and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Carruthers delivered a buntsingle down the third base line, scoring Vern from third to put the Frogs up by a run, 4-3, ending James' afternoon.
Utah reliever Tyler Andersen retired the first batter he faced before Arnold blasted a two run shot over the left field fence for his first home run of the season, giving TCU the 6-3 lead.
The Utes got a solo home run in the top of the ninth from Corey Shimada before Seth Garrison came on and closed the door for his first save of the season.
Appleby struck out a career-high six batters as he improved to 4-1 on the season. The freshman didn't allow a run in five innings, surrendering just five base hits and walking one.
The Frogs improve to 33-16 overall and 16-5 in league play. They will continue their home stand next weekend when they open up a three-game series with UT-Pan American at Lupton Stadium. First pitch for Saturday's opener is 6:30 p.m.