TCU ties school-record of 41 wins in rout of UT-Arlington
May 15, 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas - The No. 20 TCU Horned Frogs found themselves in an early 6-0 hole, but exploded with 14 unanswered runs to tally their 41st win of the season, defeating UT-Arlington 14-7 Tuesday night. The 41 wins matches the single-season record for victories set back in 2005. It also marked the 25th home win of the season which is a new record for Lupton Stadium.
The Mavericks exploded for six two-out runs in the second inning. With one on and one out, Andrew Walker gunned down Daniel Rieder trying to steal second. From there, eight straight Mavericks reached base. Leo Radkowski gave UT-Arlington a 2-0 lead. After David Newby was hit by the pitch, Kyle Rudy singled in the third run of the inning. Danny Slinkman came through with a two-run single and scored on a Rieder base hit.
TCU began to mount its comeback in the bottom of the third inning. Corey Steglich worked a lead-off walk and moved to second on a wild pitch. Bryan Kervin lined a single to right center to drive in Steglich with the Frogs first run of the game.
Taylor Cragin (1-0) was outstanding for 5 1/3 innings. He surrendered just three hits to the Mavericks, walked one and fanned two to earn his first win of the season. Following a lead-off single in the fifth, Cragin sent down the final nine batters he faced to help the Frogs mount a comeback.
A four-run fourth inning made it a one-run ball game at 6-5. With one out and a runner on first, Matt Vern connected for his fifth home run of the season to cut the lead in half. Walker and Steglich followed with base hits and Ben Carruthers singled to make it a 6-4 deficit. Steven Trout came through with a two-out base knock to make it a one-run game.
Three doubles in the bottom of the sixth turned the one-run deficit into a two-run lead as the Frogs completed the comeback. Kervin started the rally with a hustle double to right center. After a walk to Trout, Keith Conlon drilled a line drive double to the gap in left center to give the Frogs the lead. A Clint Arnold double down the left field line plated Conlon to make it an 8-6 game.
A five-run fifth inning put the Frogs in control. Two walks and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases for the Frogs with two outs. Conlon unloaded for his second double of the game to drive in two more runs and Adams followed with a three-run shot to center field to give the Frogs a 13-6 lead.
TCU would tack on another run in the eighth and the Mavericks scored a run in the ninth to account for the final score.
Steven Maxwell earned his first career start and went 1 2/3 innings. He allowed three runs on five hits and struck out two in the no-decision.
The Frogs improve to 41-11 on the season. They will wrap up the regular season this weekend at Lupton Stadium as they return to Mountain West Conference play. The New Mexico Lobos will come to town for a three-game series set to begin on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m.
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