Alumni weekend all-around success

Jake Arrieta won the home run derby.

Jake Arrieta won the home run derby.
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Feb. 2, 2008

FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU Horned Frog baseball team hosted its annual alumni weekend with the fifth-annual First Pitch Banquet on Friday and a unique day of fun on Saturday. Friday's festivities included Texas Rangers' General Manager Jon Daniels and Manager Ron Washington. Saturday's events included a home run derby followed by an Alumni vs. Alumni game.

In an event that continues to grow, the First Pitch Banquet was another rousing success. Many distinguished alumni, including Roger Williams, Sam, Demel, Chad Huffman, Lance Broadway, Carl Warwick and the all-time winningest coach in TCU history, Lance Brown, turned out for the event and were treated to a question and answer session with Daniels and Washington.

Saturday's festivities began with a home run derby. The big winners of the day were former TCU pitching greats. Shawn Ferguson got the day started hitting six home runs and totaling 13 points. Jake Arrieta matched Ferguson's efforts with 13 points to join him in the second round. Jerid Buttell rounded out the finalists with four home runs. In the 1990-2000 class, Clay Caruthers and Reed Ryan advanced to the second round with a home run each.

Reed Ryan needed just one home run to claim the title for his class. Meanwhile, Arrieta put on another impressive performance totaling 13 more points to claim the home run derby crown for the 2000's class. The first-ever Alumni vs. Alumni game was a pitcher's duel that ended in a 2-1 score with the "visiting" team claiming the victory.



The game was tied at one after the first inning of play. Stuart Musslewhite got things started with a single up the middle and moved to third on a double from Chad Huffman. A passed ball allowed Musslewhite to race home with the first run of the game.

The "home" team knotted the game in the bottom. Austin Adams was hit by a one-out pitch from Chase Perry. A Kyle Dahlberg single moved Adams to third with two outs and a balk from Flint Wallace tied the game. From there, the pitchers took control of the game. Lance Broadway tossed two scoreless innings for the visiting team and Arrieta and Ferguson each tossed scoreless frames for the home team.

In the top of the fifth the visiting team struck for the eventual game-winning run. Andrew Walker started the two-out rally with a single. Back-to-back walks to Chris Neuman and Jerid Buttell loaded the bases. Jeff Reed delivered the game-winning hit. Clay Caruthers shut down the home team in the bottom of the inning to seal the victory.

Following the alumni vs. alumni game, fans stuck around for an intrasquad game played by the 2008 Horned Frogs.

The regular season commences on Friday, Feb. 22 at Lupton Stadium as the Frogs play host to Cal State Fullerton. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m.

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