Arrieta twirls 2-0 gem over Utah
May 5, 2006
FORT WORTH, Texas - On a night highlighted by pitching and defense, Jake Arrieta was the star, striking out 11 and tossing a complete-game shutout, as TCU blanked Utah 2-0, Friday night at Lupton Stadium. The Frogs pushed a run across in each of the first two innings and were able to hold on behind Arrieta's strong performance to pick up the victory. Corey Steglich was 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI to lead the Frogs' offensive attack.
Neither team was forced to go to the bullpen in the contest, as both starting pitchers went the distance. Josh Cooper matched Arrieta's strikeout total of 11 in just eight innings of work. He gave up six hits, walked two and allowed two earned runs in the loss.
After Cooper retired the first two batters in the bottom of the first, Chad Huffman worked a full-count walk and Matt Carpenter followed with a single up the middle to move him to third. With Andrew Walker at the plate, Carpenter left first on a delayed steal. When Utah catcher Adam Frank threw down to second, Huffman took off for home and scored before Carpenter was tagged out heading back to first for the first run of the game.
Walker opened the second inning with a long drive to right-center for a double. After Austin Adams drew a walk and Matt Vern sacrificed the runners 90 feet up the base paths, Corey Steglich hit a sharp grounder to the left side of the infield. The short stop made a nice play to field the ball but was unable to throw out Adams at third and Walker scored the Frogs' second run of the game.
Two runs were all Arrieta would need as he faced no more than four batters in any inning. The lone Ute threat came in the eighth inning when they had runners on first and second with one out. However, Arrieta was able to induce a groundball double-play to end the inning.
The complete game and shut out were the first of Arrieta's career. He allowed just 5 hits, walked one and hit two others on 122 pitches to improve his record to 10-4 on the season.
TCU (27-20, 13-4 MWC) and Utah (22-21, 5-9 MWC) will square off again on Saturday at Lupton Stadium. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. Brad Furnish will toe the rubber for the Frogs and face the Utes' Eric King.