Arrieta blows by Owls in 5-1 Frog victory
March 3, 2006
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU sophomore right-hander Jake Arrieta notched his fourth consecutive victory, throwing eight strong innings and fanning a career-high 13 as the Frogs defeated Florida Atlantic 5-1 Friday night at Lupton Stadium. Sophomore third baseman Matt Carpenter belted a two-run homer in the second inning to give TCU a lead it would never relinquish. Junior lefty Omar Arif earned his first career save in the victory.
After a lead-off single by Matt McGuirk in the second, Carpenter knocked a 1-2 pitch from FAU starter Mickey Storey off of the right-field foul pole to give the Frogs a two-run lead. Ben Carruthers poked a single to left for the first hit of his collegiate career before Steven Trout grounded into a fielder's choice to end the inning.
A one-out, two-run double in the fourth by Andrew Walker opened the TCU lead to four. Bryan Kervin started the inning with a double to right center and Keith Conlon walked before Walker scorched one down the line.
Arrieta cruised through the first five innings before allowing a lead-off single in the sixth. After two consecutive balks to move FAU shortstop Daniel Cook to third, Arrieta bore down and proceeded to strike out the side and leave the runner stranded.
The Frogs tacked on an unearned run in the bottom of the inning, taking advantage of two FAU errors. Austin Adams reached base on a fielding error by Owls' third baseman Tyler Stevens and moved to second after a throwing error on the same play. Storey balked to move him to third and threw a wild pitch to allow Adams to score.
The Owls tried to mount a rally in the top of the ninth, scoring an unearned run before Arif came in with the bases loaded and got pinch-hitter Jordan Hafer to ground to short to end the game.
Arrieta pitched a career-high eight innings and held an opponent to just two hits for the second time this season. Kervin finished 2-4 with two doubles and made a pair of spectacular defensive plays. McGuirk, Walker and Carpenter also notched multiple-hit contests for the Frogs.
With the win, TCU improves to 7-5 on the year. Game two of the series has been rescheduled to 4 p.m. on Saturday at Lupton Stadium. Sophomore Sam Demel will face off against FAU's Chris Salberg.