McGuirk delivers in 10th, Frogs top No. 12 Tulane 5-3
Feb. 10, 2006
HOUSTON, Texas - The No. 21 TCU Horned Frogs defeated the No. 12 Tulane Green Wave, 5-3. Matt McGuirk hit a two-run home run in the top of the 10th inning to lead the Frogs to victory. Shawn Ferguson threw 2.2 innings of shutout baseball to earn the win. The Frogs pounded out 14 hits in the contest.
The Green Wave struck first after two scoreless innings. Demel got a quick out before consecutive hit-by-pitches to Nathan Southard and Johnny Weiss. A Brad Emaus base hit to center field drove in Southard with the game's first run. A controversial double play ball ended the inning as Emaus was called for interference at second base, erasing a Tulane run.
The Frogs put pressure on Tulane starter Brandon Gomes the entire game, but couldn't come up with the big hit as they left five men on base through six innings.
The Frogs broke through and took the lead in the top of the seventh inning. A Tulane error in the inning proved costly as TCU scored two unearned runs. Andrew Walker led off the inning with a base knock through the left side. A perfectly executed sacrifice off the bat of Jerid Buttell moved Walker to second base, ending Gomes' day on the mound. The first pitch from Blake Walker got past the catcher, allowing Walker to advance to third and an error by the first baseman allowed the Frogs to knot the game at one. Ryan Pack sent a long fly ball to right field that advanced Carpenter from second to third and Steven Trout beat out an infield single, plating Matt Carpenter with the go-ahead run.
Tulane didn't stay down as they battled back to tie the game at two in the bottom half of the inning. Max Kwan hit a one-out single and moved to second after a walk to Nathan Southard. An error proved costly again as the Frogs through the ball away trying to start a double play. With the bases loaded and two outs, Sam Demel got Nate Simon to ground out to Carpenter at first and ended the threat.
Once again, TCU regained the lead in the top of the eighth. Keith Conlon was hit with a one-out pitch and three straight hits later, the Frogs had a 3-2 lead. A Walker base hit gave the Frogs the lead. TCU would leave the bases loaded in the inning, setting up the Tulane rally in the bottom of the inning that tied the game again at three.
After a scoreless ninth inning, the game moved into extra innings. Conlon doubled to start the inning and McGuirk followed with a home run to right field that gave the Frogs the 5-3 lead off of Tulane closer, Daniel Latham (0-1). Ferguson (1-0) pitched around a lead-off walk in the bottom of the inning to secure the victory for TCU.
Offensively, the Frogs were led by three hits apiece off the bats of Conlon, Walker and McGuirk. On the mound, Demel went seven strong innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits. He struck out eight and walked four.
The Frogs return to the diamond on Saturday afternoon as play in the Houston College Classic continues. TCU will face longtime Conference USA rival, Houston at 3:30 p.m. Newcomer Jake Arrieta will take the mound and face Aaron Brown.