Frogs season ends with 3-1 loss to No. 2 Rice
June 3, 2007
HOUSTON, Texas - It looked like the No. 16 TCU Horned Frogs might have another late inning rally in them as they had the tying runs on base in the ninth, but it was not to be. No. 2 Rice held on for the 3-1 victory Sunday night at Reckling Park to bring the Frogs season to an end. TCU finishes the season with a school-record 48 wins and just 14 losses.
The game was tight from the word go as neither team could get much going offensively. Chase Perry for the Frogs was able to pitch around base runners in the first three innings as was the Owls' Joe Savery. Rice stranded three runners in the first three innings and the Frogs left three of their own on.
TCU was able to strike first as it pushed across a run in the top of the fourth inning. Matt Vern singled with one out and moved to second on a walk to Hunt Woodruff. Bryan Kervin laced a single to left field to load the bases. Ben Carruthers smoked a ball to center field that was dropped, allowing Vern to score to give TCU the 1-0 lead. Savery got the pitcher's best friend as he induced an inning-ending double play ball off the bat of Corey Steglich.
The Owls used the momentum to take the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Savery led off the inning with a double and Diego Seastrunk traded places with him to tie the game at one. Rice looked like they were going to take a 2-1 lead when Jess Buenger doubled to right, but the Frogs cut the runner down at the plate on a relay throw from Austin Adams to Matt Vern and on to Andrew Walker at the plate. Walker blocked the plate and tagged Seastrunk out before he was able to touch home plate.
Danny Lehmann came through with a two-out base knock to give the Owls a lead they would never relinquish. Perry got out of the inning, getting Adam Zornes to fly out to right to end the threat.
That was all the Owls would need as Savery found a groove, working into the eighth inning. He went seven innings, allowing one earned run on six hits. He struck out three and walked one to earn his 10th win of the season.
An unearned run in the sixth inning for the Owls accounted for the final score as Savery scored for the second time on a base hit by Aaron Luna.
Perry went 5 1/3 innings in his final start in the Purple and White. He allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits. He walked one and struck out one. Derek VerHagen closed out the game, pitching the final 2 2/3 innings. He gave up three hits and struck out one.
In the ninth, the Frogs looked like they might pull off another comeback as Woodruff reached on an error and Bryan Kervin walked. Rice closer Bobby Bramhall retired the final two batters to close out the game and end the Frogs season.
The Frogs bid goodbye to five seniors as Steven Trout (1-for-4), Keith Conlon, Chase Perry, Donald Furrow and Austin Adams (0-for-3) all closed out their careers in the Purple and White. No group of seniors has won more games than these five.