Combined effort leads Frogs to 4-0 win over Broncs
May 12, 2006
FORT WORTH, Texas - Four TCU pitchers combined to shutout UT-Pan American as the Frogs defeated the Broncs 4-0 Friday night at Lupton Stadium. TCU made the most of their opportunities, scoring four times on just four hits and seven free passes. Jake Arrieta and Chase Perry each threw three innings, while Dillon Farish and Omar Arif worked the final three for TCU's third shutout of the year. Steven Trout had two RBIs to give the pitching staff all the run support it would need.
After UTPA starter Ricky Ibarz sat the Frogs down in order in each of the first two innings, TCU was able to take get on the scoreboard in the third. Corey Steglich reached on an error to open the frame and moved to second when Ryan Pack drew a walk. A Bryan Kervin groundout moved both runners up 90 feet before Trout dropped a two-out single into center to give the Frogs a 2-0 lead.
The Broncs threatened to answer in the fourth with a leadoff double by Joshua Talley. The next batter singled up the middle and Ryan Pack threw a strike to Andrew Walker at the plate who tagged Talley out. After a walk to Brady Honeycutt, Perry retired the final two batters of the inning.
In the top of the sixth, UTPA staged a two-out rally with back-to-back hits. Talley got his second double of the night and Honeycutt singled to right to put runners on the corners, but Perry was able to induce a groundball off the bat of Chris Lozano to end the threat.
TCU put together a two-out rally of its own in the bottom of the inning when Matt Carpenter battled back from an 0-2 deficit to draw a walk. Austin Adams and Corey Steglich had consecutive singles to allow Carpenter to circle the bases and score.
Successive Broncs drew free passes from Perry to open the top of the seventh before head coach Jim Schlossnagle called on Dillon Farish and Omar Arif to close the door. Farish struck out the only two batters he faced and Arif froze pinch-hitter Lyndon Bartosh at the plate to put the threat to rest.
The Frogs added another run in the following frame to account for the final score. Pack drew his second walk of the day and moved to second on his 14th stolen base of the year. A Trout grounder moved him to third and Chad Huffman knocked him in with a base hit up the middle.
On a limited pitch count, Arrieta threw three scoreless innings to earn his 11th win of the year. He extended his shutout streak to 12 innings. Perry followed with three solid innings of his own and Arif earned his third save of the season, retiring seven of the eight batters he faced to close the game.
TCU ups its record to 29-21 while the Broncs fall to 23-27 on the year. The two squads will square off again on Saturday at 7 p.m. with Brad Furnish toeing the rubber for TCU. Dane Mason will get the call for UTPA.