Pack blast leads Frogs to victory in final home contest
May 16, 2006
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU used a six-run sixth inning, highlighted by a three-run home run by Ryan Pack, to propel itself past UT-Arlington, 8-5 Tuesday afternoon at Lupton Stadium. A season-high 2,795 fans were on hand to witness the final home game of the year as the Frogs hosted Fort Worth ISD students for the second annual "Kid's Day." Chase Perry earned the first victory of his career with 2 strong innings in relief. He allowed just one run on two hits, while striking out three and walking none.
Down by three runs going into the bottom half of the sixth inning, the TCU bats came alive, cranking out six runs on five hits in the frame. Austin Adams started the rally with a lead-off double and Matt Carpenter walked on four straight pitches to put two on with nobody out. Erik Cartmill came on in relief of Maverick starter Austin Bridges and got two quick outs before inducing a grounder to second off the bat of pinch-hitter Matt Vern to seemingly end the threat. However, Daniel Rieder misplayed the ball allowing Adams to score and put runners on the corners, setting up Pack's three-run bomb to left-center. Bryan Kervin and Corey Steglich followed with consecutive hits to give TCU the 8-5 advantage.
TCU had taken the early lead in the bottom of the first with a two-out rally. Chad Huffman took the first pitch he saw off the leg. Huffman looked to be picked off by UTA starter Austin Bridges, but the relay throw from first kicked off the glove of Mavericks shortstop, Kyle Rudy into left field, allowing Huffman to advance to third. Austin Adams drove Huffman home with a single through the left side.
The Mavericks answered quickly, plating four of their own in the top of the second. With the bases loaded and one out, UTA pushed across two quick runs on an RBI groundout by Rudy and a wild pitch. Collin Garner dropped a bunt down the third-base line and legged out a single, allowing Brock Wilson to score. Garner promptly stole second before coming around to score on a single by Rieder. Omar Arif came on in relief of Brent Allar and got a pop up to end the inning.
The Frogs chipped away at the lead with a run in the third. Corey Steglich drew a one-out walk and moved to third on a hard-hit double by Huffman before Adams picked up his second RBI of the game on a ground out to short.
The Mavericks got the lead back up to three with another run in the sixth. Robby Winn led off with a single and advanced 90 feet on a sacrifice bunt by Danny Slinkman before Wilson knocked him in with a soft single up the middle. That lead would not stand much longer, however, as TCU jumped ahead with six runs in the following frame.
Taylor Cragin, Shawn Ferguson and Brad Furnish each tossed a scoreless inning to shut the door on UTA and give TCU the 8-5 victory. Furnish allowed one hit and struck out one to earn his third save of the year. Arif held the Mavs in check in the middle innings with 2.1 shut out innings.
The Frogs' record moves to 32-21 with the win, while the Mavericks fall to 23-32 on the year. TCU will conclude the regular season portion of its schedule Thursday when it travels to Albuquerque, N.M. to take on conference foe New Mexico. The Frogs need just one win to clinch the regular-season Mountain West Conference championship and guaranteeing themselves a first-round bye in the MWC Postseason Tournament.
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