Frogs salvage split with 8-5 win over UCSB
March 19, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The TCU Horned Frogs put together some big innings en route to salvaging game two of the doubleheader as they avoided the sweep. The Frogs took advantage of a wild UCSB pitching staff that hit six batters and walked four in the contest. The six hit-by-pitches tied a single-game record for the Frogs. Hunt Woodruff was a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate.
After UCSB had taken a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, TCU came back to tie the game in the second. Steven Trout legged out an infield single and stole second. Corey Steglich delivered with a two-out single and Trout scored from second to tie the game at one.
A crazy play in the third inning led to the Frogs second run of the contest. Chad Huffman and Keith Conlon were hit by a pitch to open the inning. A fly ball off the bat of Matt Carpenter was dropped by the center fielder, but he was able to get the force out at second base. On the relay throw to third base trying to cut down Huffman, the ball sailed into the dugout, allowing Huffman to score the go-ahead run.
The Frogs broke the game open in the fourth inning, scoring four runs on three hits. Austin Adams drew a lead-off walk and moved to second on a base hit by Hunt Woodruff. Each advanced 90 feet on another throwing error by the second baseman. A wild pitch plated Adams with the third run of the game and Huffman drove in two with a two-out triple to deep center field. Andrew Walker rounded out the scoring with a RBI-single. After four, the Frogs were up 6-1.
The Gauchos picked up two unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth to inch back into the game. Two Frog errors and two walked batters led to a two-run inning. After five, the Frogs were still in control with a 6-3 lead.
TCU got the two runs back in the top of the seventh. Carpenter singled to start the inning. The Gauchos picked up two outs, but back-to-back hit-by-pitches loaded the bases. Bryan Kervin delivered the two-out base hit that plated two runs giving TCU an 8-3 lead.
UCSB pushed across two runs in the bottom of the ninth, but Omar Arif shut the door on the Gauchos helping the Frogs to victory. Zach Ashwood tossed three scoreless innings in relief of Sam Demel. He didn't allow a hit, walked one and struck out one.
Demel started the game for the Frogs and went five innings to earn his third win of the season. He surrendered three runs (one earned) on four hits, walked three and struck out six.
The Frogs record moves to 11-11 on the season. They will wrap up an eight-game road swing Tuesday night when they head to Waco to face the nationally-ranked Baylor Bears. Game time is slated for a 6:30 p.m. start. Shawn Ferguson is scheduled to take the mound.