No. 20 TCU sets school record with 42nd win
May 17, 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas - The No. 20 TCU Horned Frogs rallied from a 4-2 deficit with eight unanswered to defeat New Mexico 10-4 Thursday night at Lupton Stadium. Andrew Walker's 11th home run of the season turned a one-run deficit into a 6-4 lead and the Frogs cruised to their school record-breaking 42nd win of the season. Donald Furrow tossed 5 2/3 innings of relief to pick up his third win of the season.
A costly TCU error in the second inning led to three unearned runs to cross the plate. With the bases loaded and two out, Jordan Pacheco walked to drive in the go-ahead run. A Daniel Stovall base hit drove in two more to make it 3-0 lobos heading into the bottom of the second.
The Frogs got two runs on four hits to cut into the Lobo lead. Austin Adams walked to lead off the inning and moved to second on a Clint Arnold base hit. The Frogs looked like they had their first run of the game on a Matt Vern single, but the left fielder, Max Willett, gunned Adams out at the plate for the first out of the inning. Walker drove in his first run of the night with a single to center and Vern scored on a Corey Steglich ground out to make it 3-2.
With two on and one out in the third, the Frogs went to the bullpen. Furrow retired the final two batters in the inning to keep it a one-run ball game.
Arrieta lasted just 2 1/3 innings and allowed three unearned runs on two hits and five walks. He fanned two batters.
New Mexico pushed its lead to two runs in the sixth on an RBI triple off the bat of Matt Foote. That was all the Lobos would get as Furrow shut them down the rest of the way setting up the Horned Frog comeback.
Lobo starter Stephen Smith retired the first two batters in the bottom of the sixth, but Austin Adams dropped in a single to start the Frog rally. Arnold singled and Matt Vern doubled to drive in Adams to make it a 4-3 contest. Walker turned on a Smith offering and deposited the ball over the fence in left field to give the Frogs a 6-4 lead.
Another four spot in the eighth inning put the game out of reach. Adams walked and moved to second on a balk by Brandon Hewett. Arnold singled for the third time, but was thrown out trying to move to second for the second out in the inning. From there five straight Frogs reached base. Adams scored on Hewett's second balk of the inning. Vern and Walker drew back-to-back walks and Steglich doubled in Walker to make it 8-4. Ben Carruthers cleared the bases with a single to left to account for the final score.
Furrow (3-0) was outstanding in his 5 2/3 innings of work. He allowed one run on three hits, walked one and fanned a career-high seven batters. Cody Dunbar worked a scoreless ninth to nail the door shut. The Frogs improve to 42-11 overall and 19-2 in conference play. They will square off with the Lobos in game two Friday night at Lupton Stadium. Game time is slated for 6:30 p.m. Chris Johnson will take the mound for the Frogs.