TCU battles the elements, top Air Force 15-5
April 6, 2007
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. -
Battling temperatures below 30 and freezing rain, the No. 26 TCU Horned Frogs braved out a 15-5 victory over the Air Force Falcons Friday afternoon. The Frogs made the most of their chances as they scored 15 times on just 11 hits. Austin Adams led the way with three hits, two of which left the ballpark. Steven Trout, Matt Vern, Ben Carruthers and Adams all drove in three runs.
The Falcons jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first two innings. Geno Salazar beat out an infield single to drive in the Falcons first run of the game. An error in the second inning led to their second run of the game as K.J. Randhawa raced home from first on the errant throw.
The TCU bats finally came alive in the third inning as the Frogs struck for four runs on just two hits. After cruising through the first two innings, Jake Petro ran into some control problems in the third as he walked three batters in the inning. Hunt Woodruff led off the inning with a double off the wall in right. A Carruthers sacrifice moved him to third where he scored on a Petro balk to cut the lead in half. Back-to-back walks to Trout and Keith Conlon led to the tying run. A wild pitch and a passed ball allowed Trout to score. Austin Adams followed with a two-run home to give the Frogs the lead for good.
They tacked on two more runs in the fourth inning to extend the lead to 6-2. Woodruff worked a walk and scored on Carruthers third home run of the season.
Corey Steglich picked up a lead-off double in the fifth led to the Frogs seventh run of the game. The Falcons second balk of the game moved him to third where he scored on a Vern ground out.
Air Force battled back to pull within two with a two-out rally in the sixth. Karl Bolt and Matt Alexander singled and scored on Salazar's home run to make it a 7-5 contest.
TCU got the runs back in the top of the seventh as they took advantage of a Falcon error to open up a 10-5 run. The Frogs loaded the bases with no outs and Matt Vern dropped in a two-run single that plated Conlon and Adams. Steglich scored on ground ball from Matt McGuirk.
A five-run ninth inning put the game out of reach as the Frogs opened up a 15-5 lead. Adams led off the inning with his second home run of the game. Carruthers drove in his third run of the game with a ground ball and Bryan Kervin walked to load the bases. Trout cleared them with a double to the gap in right center.
Chris Johnson improved to 6-2 on the season. He tossed five innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits. He walked four and struck out two. Chance Corgan allowed three runs in his two innings of work. Cody Dunbar closed out the game with two scoreless innings. He didn't allow a hit, walked two and struck out two.
The Frogs improve to 23-9 on the season and 7-1 in conference play. They will go for the series sweep on Saturday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. (CST).