No. 23 TCU wins third straight, tops Vermont 4-1
March 3, 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas - The No. 23 TCU Horned Frogs used another big inning to defeat the Vermont Catamounts for the second straight day. A three-run eighth inning broke a 1-1 tie as the Frogs won their third straight game, 4-1. The pitching staff was lights out as they combined to strikeout 15 batters without issuing a walk. Steven Trout led the offense with four hits.
Seth Garrison and Joey Serafin battled through a pitchers dual for five innings. Garrison surrendered just five hits in his 5 2/3 innings of work and struck out nine. Serafin dealt with numerous base runners, but with the help of two double play balls, was able to limit the damage as he gave up just one run on eight hits.
The Frogs played small ball to earn their first run of the contest. Andrew Walker led off the second inning with a four-pitch walk. A balk by Serafin moved Walker to second with no outs. Two consecutive balls hit to the right side gave TCU the 1-0 advantage as Walker scored on a Steven Ellington ground out.
Vermont responded with some small ball of its own as they battled back to tie the game in the top of the fourth. Kyle Massie laced the ball through the left side and stole second to move into scoring position. A two-out double from Kyle Henry and the game was tied at one.
TCU had plenty of opportunities to take the lead against Vermont, but were unable to get the big base hit as it stranded eight base runners through the first six innings.
Derek VerHagen replaced Garrison in the sixth inning with the go-ahead run at second base and two outs. He wasted no time, freezing Henry at the plate to end the inning.
The Frogs looked poised to take the lead in the seventh inning following a one-out double by Trout. Keith Conlon drilled a ball up the middle that smacked off the pitcher, who was able to recover and throw him out at first.
Three miscues in the eighth inning sealed the Catamounts fate as the Frogs pushed across three runs to take the 4-1 lead. All of the damage was done with two outs. Clint Arnold put two runners on with a single to short stop. The big blow in the inning was an error in left field by Nick Gallipani allowed two runs to score, giving TCU the 3-1 advantage. A Trout base hit up the middle plated Bryan Kervin with the third run of the inning.
Sam Demel (2-1), who came on in the eighth inning, pitched around a lead-off single in the ninth to secure the win for the Frogs. He finished the game with four strikeouts in two innings.
The Frogs (9-4) will go for the series sweep on Sunday at 1 p.m. Chris Johnson will take mound and face Vermont's Eric Thompson.