Utah Claims 9-8 Extra Inning Win Over TCU
March 22, 2009
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - The No. 14 TCU Horned Frogs battled all the way back from a 6-0 deficit to take an 8-7 lead in the top of the 10th, but it wasn't to be as Utah's Corey Shimada delivered a two-out, two-run game-winning double in the bottom of the inning to claim the 9-8 victory. TCU was led at the plate by Jimmie Pharr's three hits.
With two outs in the top of the 10th, Pharr drilled a double off the wall to keep the inning alive. Brett Medlin followed with a triple to deep right center to give the Frogs their first lead of the game, 8-7.
In the bottom of the inning, Austin Jones singled to start the inning. Erik Miller (0-2) got two big strikeout before issuing a walk to Zach Jones. Shimada made the two-out walk hurt as he delivered the game-winning hit to end the contest.
A one-out single by Rick Cornu started a string of seven straight Utes reaching base. In that span, the Utes tallied six runs, the big blows coming on a two-run double by Tyler Yagi and a two-run single from Devin Walker. Appleby came on in relief and retired the only two batters he faced to end the inning with the Utes leading 6-0.
TCU began to chip away at the lead as it pushed across a run in the top of the second inning. Chris Ellington led off the inning with a single up the middle. With two outs, Jason Coats won an eight-pitch at-bat battle for a base hit to put two runners on. Jimmie Pharr dumped a single into center field to drive in the Frogs first run of the game.
Another two-out rally in the third produced two more runs. Ben Carruthers singled to open the inning followed by a Matt Carpenter single. Taylor Featherston dropped down a sacrifice bunt to move both runners into scoring position with one out. Matt Vern came through with a two out single up the middle to drive in both runs, cutting the lead in half, 6-3.
The Frogs threatened in the fourth as they had two on with one out, but Ute starter Jordan Whatcott worked out of the jam, retiring two straight batters to end the frame. Following Corey Steglich's one-out single, Whatcott retired 11 of the last 12 batters he faced.
A one-out bunt single by Utah's Zach Jones put the pressure on as a balk and a failed pick-attempt moved him to third with only one out. Eric Marshall fanned Corey Shimada for the second out and got Michael Beltran to ground out to end the inning.
The Utes would get the insurance run they were looking for in the bottom of the seventh as they took advantage of a lead-off error by the Frogs. Pinch runner Gavin Green stole second with two outs and scored on an Austin Jones base hit up the middle to make it a 7-3 game.
TCU inched closer in the top of the eighth as they picked up two runs on back-to-back home runs from Vern and Bryan Holaday, who came on as a pinch hitter. Kaleb Merck pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning to keep it a 7-5 contest, setting up the Frogs ninth inning rally.
Carruthers doubled to lead off the inning and moved to third on a double by Carpenter to put two runners in scoring position with nobody out. Featherston pulled the Frogs within one with an RBI ground out to second. Ellington tied the game with a long sacrifice fly to center.
Winkler allowed six runs on five hits in just 1/3 of an inning in the no decision. Appleby held the Utes scoreless for five innings. He allowed three hits, walked one and struck out four. Marshall also did his job as he surrendered an unearned run on one hit with two strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings of work.
The Frogs fall to 13-6 overall and 2-1 in league play with the loss. TCU returns to the diamond on Tuesday night as they host Stephen F. Austin at 6:30 p.m.