Frogs season comes to an end in Norman
June 4, 2006
NORMAN, Okla. - Oklahoma grabbed the momentum early and had an answer each time TCU looked to grab it back in its 15-6 victory at L. Dale Mitchell Park Sunday afternoon. The loss ends the Frogs' season with a record of 39-23. Senior Ryan Pack had a strong performance at the plate in his final collegiate game, finishing 2-for-4 and scoring a pair of runs. Austin Adams added three hits of his own, including a mammoth two-run home run.
After two scoreless innings, the Sooners took the early lead in the top of the third, scoring four two-runs on four hits. Aaron Reza doubled to open the inning and Joseph Hughes popped a bunt just over the outstretched hand of TCU starter Sam Demel, putting two on with no outs. The Frogs caught a break when Chuckie Caufield was called out on interference for running inside the baseline and both runners weren't allowed to advance. Demel struck out Russell Raley and needed just one more strike to get out of the inning with no damage, but Ryan Rohlinger laced a 2-2 pitch to left field for a double, clearing the bases. Kevin Smith followed with a long two-run home run to right.
Kody Kaiser increased the Oklahoma lead to 5-0 with a solo home run to left center leading off the fourth inning.
Brandon Moss' first career grand slam in the fifth inning gave the Sooners a commanding lead. Raley lead off the inning with a single and Rohlinger followed with a bunt single. Smith reached on a throwing error and Moss cleared the bases, ending Demel's afternoon. Hughes punched a one-out single through the left side for the Sooner's fifth run of the game.
TCU got two of the runs back in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 10-2 ball game. Chad Huffman extended his hit streak to 15 games with a bloop single to center field. Adams followed with a long home run over the scoreboard in left field for his fourth home run of the season.
The comeback continued in the sixth inning as the Frogs pushed across three runs on three hits and two walks. Andrew Walker got the inning started with his ninth home run of the season. Back-to-back walks to Steven Trout and Pack ended Mottern's day. A wild pitch by Sooner pitcher Nich Conaway moved Trout to third and he scored on a Bryan Kervin sacrifice fly. Another Conaway wild pitch advance Pack into scoring position where he scored on Corey Steglich base hit, which extended his hit streak to 19 games. Will Savage came on and closed out the inning without any further damage.
Oklahoma got the lead back up to eight with three more runs in the eighth. Frog reliever Ferguson ended his collegiate career with a solid performance out of the pen. The senior tossed 3.2 innings, allowing only one earned run on three hits. He walked two and struck out three.
The Frogs tacked on another late run in the bottom of the eighth on a one-out double down the left-field line by Steglich. Pack opened the frame with a sharply hit single through the right side before he scored from first two batters later. TCU threatened to further shrink the lead as two more batters reached base, but Savage induced a fly ball to end the inning. The Sooners added another pair of runs in the ninth to account for the final score.
TCU ends the season with a final record of 39-22 after bowing out in the NCAA Regionals for the third consecutive season.