Frogs take rubber game, top BYU 12-3
March 24, 2007
PROVO, Utah - After a heartbreaking loss Friday night, the No. 28 TCU Horned Frogs responded with a 12-3 victory over BYU to earn its second conference series victory. A decisive five-run fourth inning broke a 2-2 tie and the Frogs cruised from there. Seven Frogs recorded multi-hit games, with four tallying three hits each. On the mound, Donald Furrow held the Cougars scoreless for the final 3 2/3 innings to earn the save.
TCU starter Chris Johnson (4-2) found himself in a jam in the bottom of the first but was able to work out of it without allowing a run. Leon Johnson led off the inning with a bunt base hit. A balk moved Johnson to second and Collin Fanning sacrificed him to third with only one out. Chris Johnson buckled down and got the Cougars to foul out twice to end the threat and strand the runner at third.
BYU battled back to tie the game in the third, scoring twice on three hits and two walks. Austin Hall drew a lead-off walk and moved to third on a single from Leon Johnson, who took second on the throw to third. Fanning singled through the right side to make it a 2-1 lead, but he was caught stealing for the first out of the inning. Stephen Wells tied the game with a triple but was stranded there as Chris Johnson worked out of the jam.
The tie would not hold as TCU batted around in the fourth, scoring five times on seven hits. Corey Steglich started the rally with a double down the left field line. A Matt Vern base hit put runners on the corners for Clint Arnold who doubled home Steglich to break the tie. Ben Carruthers tripled to clear the bases and scored on a Bryan Kervin single. Keith Conlon greeted the new pitcher, Brad Kidd, with a double. After Kervin was thrown out at home trying to score on a wild pitch, Adams singled, driving in Conlon.
Chris Johnson again worked out of a jam in the bottom of the inning to put a zero in the run column. Jason Johnson drew a lead off walk and stole second. J.T. Musso struck out, as did Austin Hall, but Hall was able to reach on a wild pitch to put runners at the corners. Chris Johnson faked to third and threw to first, picking off Hall for the second out. He got Leon Johnson to ground out to Kervin at short to end the inning.
Vern extended the Horned Frog lead in the fifth with a solo home run to left center field for his second long ball of the season.
BYU picked up a run in the sixth on a lead-off home run by Steve Parker. Two more runners reached base but Furrow came on and shut the door with a strikeout and a ground ball to preserve the 8-3 TCU lead. Furrow remained in the game to pick up the save. He struck out three and walked one in 3 2/3 innings pitched.
The Frogs added to their lead in the seventh inning picking up two runs to make it a 10-3 ballgame. Carruthers came through with a two-out single to score Steglich and then stole second. He moved to third on a throwing error by the catcher and scored on a Clayton Barnes wild pitch.
TCU plated two more runs in the eighth on a perfectly executed double steal by Adams and Walker. Adams scored on the errant throw by the catcher and Walker came home on a Steglich base hit to round out the scoring.
TCU improves to 18-7 on the season and 5-1 in conference play. They will head to College Station, Texas to renew old rivalries on Tuesday night. The game, set for a 6:30 p.m. start, will commence a stretch of six straight Tuesday's against Big 12 competition.