Walker's blasts seals MWC regular season championship
May 6, 2007
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Two home runs from Andrew Walker led the No. 23 TCU Horned Frogs to a 3-1 extra-inning win over Utah Sunday afternoon. With the victory, the Frogs sealed up their second consecutive Mountain West Conference regular season championship as they improved to 18-2 in league play.
In the top of the 10th, Clint Arnold got things going with a looping line drive single to right leading off the inning. Walker unloaded for his second home run of the game to give the Frogs the 3-1 lead. Taylor Cragin sent the Utes down in order in the bottom of the 10th to record his first save of the season
The Horned Frogs and the Utes were locked in a pitcher's dual for most of the contest. Chance Corgan and Lucas Trinnaman matched each other pitch-for-pitch before TCU finally broke through with two hits in the third inning.
Andrew Walker broke the 0-0 tie in the top of the fifth inning with a lead-off home run to give the Frogs a 1-0 advantage.
Corgan had a no-hitter going through five innings. The only blemishes on his line were two walks, one in the first and one in the fourth. With two outs in the sixth, Corey Shimada broke up the no-hitter with a long single to right field. A Corgan balk moved Shimada to second and a wild pitch advanced him to third where he scored on a Jay Brossman single to tie the game at one.
Utah threatened to take its first lead of the game in the bottom of the seventh as the lead-off batter, John Welsh, was hit by the pitch. The Utes sacrificed him to second, but Corgan got a big out, inducing a ground ball from Jesse Shriner that kept Welsh at second. A walk to Erich Kemp ended Corgan's afternoon, but TCU reliever Tyler Lockwood needed just one pitch to get out of the jam and preserve the tie.
In the no-decision, Corgan pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing just the one run on two hits. He walked three and struck out one.
TCU dodged another bullet in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Utes had runners on second and third with two out. The Frogs again made the call to the bullpen and Steven Maxwell did the job, getting Welsh to line out to Kervin at short to end the inning.
Trinnaman went eight innings in the no-decision for Utah, limiting the Frogs to just a run on four hits. He didn't walk a batter and struck out three.
On in the ninth to keep the Utes in check, Sam Demel (6-1) worked a scoreless inning. With one out there was a scary moment when Shriner hit a line drive that ricocheted off of Demel's upper body and into right field. The junior was able to stay in the game and got a line drive double play ball off the bat of Kemp to end the inning setting up Walker's 10th inning heroics.
The win improves the Frogs to 37-11 on the season and 18-2 in league play. They will take the week off for finals and return to the diamond on Friday night. TCU welcomes UT-Pan Am to Lupton Stadium to begin a seven-game home stand to close out the regular season.