TCU explodes for 18-3 win over Utah
May 6, 2006
FORT WORTH, Texas - After falling into a 3-0 hole in the first inning, the TCU offense came alive as it put up 18 unanswered runs to cruise to the 18-3 win over visiting Utah Saturday afternoon at Lupton Stadium. The game was delayed for 53 minutes due to rain with Utah leading 3-1 in the third. A four-run fourth inning gave the Frogs a lead they wouldn't surrender. All the starters recorded at least one hit, while eight drove in a run. Austin Adams and Chad Huffman each homered for the Frogs.
Utah opened the scoring in the first inning as the first three batters reached base. A John Welsh grounder put the Utes up 1-0 and a base hit by Erich Kemp pushed across Utah's second run of the inning. An error allowed the third run to score before TCU starter Brad Furnish was able to settle in and retire the final two batters of the inning.
The Frogs began to inch back into the game in the third, pushing across a run on two hits.. Huffman singled with one out and raced home on an Andrew Walker double to center to make it a 3-1 contest before the rains came pouring down, delaying the game.
Utah looked like they would extend its lead in the top of the fourth as Mike Tummolo led off the inning with a base hit and moved to third on a balk and a sacrifice. A great defensive play by Huffman at first base erased Tummolo as he tried to score on a soft ground ball. In the fourth, the Frogs bats came alive. Corey Steglich reached on an infield single and moved to third on a bunt single by Ryan Pack. A grounder moved both runners up 90 feet but Steglich was thrown out trying to score on Jerid Buttell's ground ball. With two outs, Huffman poked a single to right field that knotted the game at three. After Walker drew a walk, Utah starter Eric King unleashed a wild pitch, moving both runners into scoring position. Matt Carpenter delivered with another two out hit to give TCU the 5-3 lead.
Ten men came to the plate in the fifth inning and six scored to give the Frogs an 11-3 advantage. A Bryan Kervin single to right plated Matt Vern, ending King's afternoon. Buttell greeted the new pitcher with a RBI single. A walk to Huffman loaded the bases and a balk by Shad McCord gave the Frogs the 8-3 lead. Another two-run single, this time off the bat of Walker made it 10-3 and Carpenter rounded out the scoring with his first-career triple to deep center field.
Another big inning extended the Frog lead to 15-3 as four more runs crossed the plate in the seventh. Huffman opened the frame with an opposite field home run. Hunt Woodruff was hit by a pitch and Carpenter Walked. An Adams single loaded the bases for Vern, who hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Woodruff. A Ben Carruthers double drove in Carpenter with the third run of the inning and Adams scored on a Pack groundout.
Adams delivered the final blow in the bottom of the eighth with his second home run of the season, a three-run blast to left field.
Furnish went six innings to even his record at 5-5. He allowed just the three runs on five hits, walked three and struck out six. Brent Allar tossed two scoreless innings and Dillon Farish twirled a perfect ninth inning to secure the victory.
The Frogs improve to 28-20 overall and 14-4 in MWC play. TCU will go for the sweep Sunday afternoon at Lupton Stadium with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. Sam Demel will take the hill for the Frogs and face the Utes' Lucas Trinnaman.