Demel tallies record-breaking 12th save in 4-2 win
May 18, 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas - A Clint Arnold RBI-double in the bottom of the third inning broke a 2-2 tie and the No. 20 TCU Horned Frogs held on for the 4-2 victory over New Mexico Friday night. Sam Demel tossed two scoreless for his school-record 12th save of the season. Austin Adams hit his 12th home run of the season in the first inning to lead the Frogs.
With one out in the bottom of the first, Steven Trout was hit by the pitch. New Mexico starter Bobby LaFromboise got a big strike out, but made a mistake to Austin Adams, who deposited just around the foul pole in left field for a 2-0 Horned Frog lead.
A solid defensive effort behind TCU starter Chris Johnson kept the Lobos in check. After a one-out walk in the first, Bryan Kervin turned an inning-ending double play. In the second Andrew Walker erased Matt Hibbitts trying to steal second for the second out of the inning.
The Lobos finally found some offense in the third inning as they took advantage of a two-out hit-by-pitch. Matt Foote doubled to put runners on second and third and Jordan Pacheco singled to tie the game at two.
TCU responded in the bottom half of the third inning, putting up two runs of its own to regain the lead. Ben Carruthers battled to a full count and laced a double down the left field line to get the inning started. Arnold followed with a double in the exact same spot to bring home Carruthers with the eventual game-winner. Trout dropped down a sacrifice bunt to move Arnold to third and Keith Conlon finished the job with a sacrifice fly to deep center field.
From there a pitching dual ensued as neither team could get their offense going. The Lobos got a lead-off single in the fourth, but Johnson induced his second double play ball of the night to end the threat.
In the fifth, the Lobos had two on with two outs but again Johnson was equal to the task, getting Daniel Stovall to fly to end the inning.
With a runner on in the top of the seventh, the Frogs went to the bullpen and called on Tyler Lockwood. He struck out two of the three batters he faced to end the threat.
The Lobos last chance to score came with a lead-off single in the eighth, but again, another call to the bullpen ended any chance the Lobos had at tying the game. Sam Demel got Stovall to line out and Hibbitts to ground into the inning ending double play. Demel caught three straight Lobos looking in the ninth to seal the victory.
Chris Johnson improved to 11-2 on the season. He surrendered two runs on five hits, walked four and hit a batter.
TCU improves to 43-11 on the season and 20-2 in conference play. They will go for the series sweep Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Prior to the game, the Frogs will honor their five seniors. Chance Corgan will take the mound for TCU.