Shockers hand Frogs 18-8 loss
June 4, 2006
NORMAN, Okla. - A night after staging a miraculous comeback to defeat Oklahoma, TCU had no answers for the Wichita State offense, losing 18-8 to the Shockers Saturday night at L. Dale Mitchell Park in Norman, Okla. Corey Steglich led the Horned Frog offense, finishing 3-for-5 with two runs, while Taylor Cragin twirled 2.2 solid innings in relief.
The Frogs jumped on the scoreboard first with a pair of runs in the game's opening frame when Keith Conlon drove an outside pitch to right-center, scoring Bryan Kervin and Steven Trout after the duo led off the game with back-to-back singles.
In the second inning, Brandon Hall jumpstarted the Shocker attack with a solo shot to left. TCU starter Brad Furnish walked the next two batters before Noah Krol sacrificed the runners up a base. Furnish looked to be out of the jam when he struck out Kenny Waddell looking and induced a groundball from Josh Workman, but the ball was misplayed allowing the tying run to cross the plate. Consecutive doubles followed to give Wichita State a 5-2 lead.
Hall added another blast leading off the bottom of the third to end Furnish's evening. Two more runs in the fourth inning off of reliever Donald Furrow extended the Shocker lead to six, 8-2.
The Frogs were able to scratch across a run in the fifth. Steglich extended his hit streak to 18 games with a lead-off single. A base-hit bunt from Ryan Pack put two on with no outs. The runners were sacrificed up by Kervin and a two-out wild pitch allowed Steglich to score. Wichita State got the run back in the bottom of the inning and led 9-3 after five.
An eight-run sixth inning put the game out of reach. The Shockers took advantage of four walks and collected six hits, including four for extra bases, to break the game open. Cragin came in and stopped the bleeding for the Frogs.
TCU scored four times in the seventh inning to close the gap to 10. For the third time in the game, the first two batters singled for the Frogs. Kervin punched a one-out single to left center to drive in pinch runner Hunt Woodruff. Chad Huffman followed suit with a two-out line drive to left, plating Steglich. Matt Carpenter came through with a bases juiced, two run single to right center to round out the scoring.
The Shockers scored a two-out run in the bottom of the seventh and Woodruff doubled in Carpenter in the ninth to account for the final result of 18-8.
TCU (39-22) will battle Oklahoma at 1 p.m. Sunday for the right to advance to the regional finals against Wichita State later that evening. The Frogs' fate will lay in the hands of Sam Demel who will go for his seventh victory of the season.