Purple takes early series lead with 7-2 victory

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Oct. 19, 2007

FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU Horned Frog baseball squad played the first of five intrasquad games Friday, as it kicked off the Purple-White World Series. Trailing 2-1 late in the contest, the Purple squad put up a five spot in the eighth inning and never looked back. The Purple offensive attack was led by newcomer Zac Jordan, who was 4-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and two RBIs. Bryan Kervin pitched in with three base hits for the Purple squad as well.

Steven Maxwell got the start for the White team going five innings and allowing just one run on seven hits. He struck out one and walked one in the no-decision. Opposing him was junior Andrew Cashner, who went four innings allowing two runs on four hits. He fanned three and walked one.

Purple got on the board right out of the gate as Clint Arnold singled to lead off the game, then stole second and later scored on a Bryan Kervin single to right to give the Purple squad a 1-0 lead after an inning of play.

The fans were entertained in the third inning, with a man on third as Purple faked a pickoff having the whole infield act as if the ball had skipped away into the outfield. The White squad was not fooled as Brett Medlin held his ground and later scored on Matt Carpenter's triple to center. Carpenter's hit was the second of three extra-base hits in the inning, including two triples, as the White team rallied to take a 2-1 lead after three.

In the eighth, Purple mounted a rally as they the leadoff man reached on a Kervin double down the left field line. With two outs, Purple tied the game on a fielding error allowing Kervin to score. Steve Ellington broke the tie with a double down the left field line, scoring catcher Bryan Holaday. Jordan's two-run triple broke the contest open, giving the Purple squad a commanding 6-2 lead.

A Corey Steglich triple in the ninth inning accounted for the final Purple run.

Tyler Lockwood (1-0) of the Purple team was dominant out of the bullpen, striking out three in five innings of work without allowing a run. Taylor Cragin (0-1) was charged with the tough-luck loss as the error cost the White squad five unearned runs.

The two teams will play again Saturday at 1 p.m. in the weekend finale. Next weekend the Purple-White World Series will conclude with three games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All action can be followed on gofrogs.com



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