Frogs can't hold lead, fall to BYU 12-11
March 23, 2007
PROVO, Utah - In a game very similar to the one played on Thursday, the tables were turned as the BYU Cougars battled back from five-run, three-run and two-run deficits to defeat the TCU Horned Frogs 12-11 Friday night. TCU had led the entire game before surrendering three runs in the bottom of the night to snap its six game winning streak. Three Frog errors resulted in three unearned Cougar runs.
Three errors in the top of the first inning led to five Horned Frog runs as TCU jumped out to the early lead. Bryan Kervin reached on a throwing error by the shortstop to lead off the game. Keith Conlon worked a one-out walk ahead of a run-scoring double from Austin Adams. A ball off the bat of Andrew Walker resulted in two errors for the Cougars as the Frogs made it a 2-0 lead. Three straight singles from Corey Steglich, Matt McGuirk and Clint Arnold resulted in runs for the Frogs.
TCU starter Chance Corgan retired the first five batters of the game before running into trouble in the second inning. With two outs, Corgan issued a walk to Kasey Ko and Jason Johnson followed with a base hit. J.T. Musso cleared the bases with a triple to center field to make it a 5-2 game.
The Cougars struck for two more runs to pull within one, 5-4, after three innings. Apano Nakayama drilled a Corgan offering over the center field fence with one out. Kent Walton followed with a base hit and Steve Parker took a pitch off the elbow to put the tying runs on base. Ko single to center to drive home Walton, ending Corgan's evening. Tyler Lockwood came on and retired the final two batters of the inning to help preserve the Horned Frog lead.
BYU starter Jordan Muir settled in following the rough first inning, retiring 12-of-13 batters he face before Austin Adams broke through with a solo home run with one out in the fifth. Adams' third home run of the season gave TCU a 6-4 advantage.
Two runs crossed the plate in the bottom of the fifth to complete the BYU comeback as they knotted the game at six. Walton and Parker connected for back-to-back singles. An acrobatic play by Steglich at first saved a base hit, allowing the Cougars fifth run of the game to score. A two out base hit by Jason Johnson tied the game at six.
The tie didn't last as the Frogs got the two runs back in the top of the sixth. Arnold singled to open the inning and moved to second on a Ben Carruthers sacrifice. Kervin followed with a triple to right field to give the Frogs the lead. Steven Trout singled up the middle to drive home Kervin.
Arnold continued his hot streak, leading off the eighth inning with his first home run in a TCU uniform. The long ball gave TCU a 9-6 lead.
A three-run bottom of the inning knotted the game for the second time. Jason Johnson broke a string of eight straight retired by Lockwood with a double to left center. A pinch-hit single by Chase Frampton drove in Johnson. An error kept the inning alive, putting the tying runs on. A Sam Demel wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position. Stephen Wells drove a single into the hole at short and he beat the through for an infield single. Heads up base running by Logan Johnson tied the game at nine as he scored from second.
Conlon wasted no time breaking the tie as he sent the second pitch of the inning sailing over the center field fence to give TCU the 10-9 advantage. On in relief, Michael Ward issued a four-pitch walk to Austin Adams, who then stole second. With two outs, McGuirk plated an important insurance run for the Frogs with a double to right field making it 11-9 in favor of the Frogs.
But the game was destined to go the way of the Cougars as they scored three times in the bottom of the ninth to steal the victory from the Frogs. A Jason Johnson singled tied the game and a miscue on a sacrifice bunt allowed the winning run to score, tagging Cody Dunbar (1-1) with the loss.
TCU falls to 17-7 on the season and 4-1 in conference play. The teams will play the rubber match Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m (CST). Chris Johnson will take the bump for the Frogs.