TCU Sweeps UT-Pan American With 18-0 Win
April 11, 2009
EDINBURG, Texas - On the heels of a no-hitter, the TCU Horned Frogs fired a one-hitter as they completed the series sweep of the UT-Pan American Broncs with an 18-0 victory. The one-hitter is the 15th in school history and the first since 1996. Offensively, three Frogs tallied three RBIs, while Matt Curry led all hitters with three hits.
The last one-hitter came on April 6, 1996 when Derek Lee held the Baylor Bears to one hit in seven innings. The last nine-inning one-hitter came on January 27, 1996 against Hawaii-Hilo. Greg Holle tossed three hitless innings to get the win. Sean Hoelscher threw three hitless innings and Kaleb Merck tossed in two. Derek VerHagen allowed the lone hit with a lead-off single in the ninth, before striking out three to end the game.
The last time a Frog team had back-to-back shutouts came back in 2003 when they blanked Cincinnati 3-0 and 7-0 on April 26 and 27.
A big first inning got the Frogs off to a good start and from there the runs kept coming. The Frogs picked up five runs on four hits and sent 10 men to the plate. Ben Carruthers was hit by the second pitch of the game and moved to second on a wild pitch. Taylor Featherston drove the ball through the gap on the right side and Carruthers scored standing up. After a walk to Matt Carpenter, Chris Ellington made it a 2-0 game with a seeing-eye single through the left side.
Holaday ended the afternoon of Bronc starter, Doug Roth, with a double off the wall in left that plated two more runs. He came around to score on a base hit by Jason Coats to give the Frogs a 5-0 lead after one.
The Frogs added to their lead in the top of the second. Featherston singled to open the inning followed by a Carpenter double to put two on with nobody out. Ellington drove in his second run of the game with a sacrifice fly to center to make it a 6-0 contest.
TCU exploded for four more runs in the top of the fourth inning. With one out, Corey Steglich doubled before Bronc pitcher Nathan Molina issued back-to-back walks to Carpenter and Ellington. Matt Vern cleared the bases with a triple to right and scored on a Molina wild pitch to give the Frogs a 10-0 lead.
Another run crossed the plate for the Frogs in the fifth inning. Curry doubled to lead off the inning and scored on a Corey Steglich sacrifice fly.
Curry came through with his second double of the contest in the top of the sixth to drive in two more runs as the Frogs pushed the lead to 13-0. Zac Jordan drew a lead-off walk and moved to third on Holaday's second double of the contest.
Hunt Woodruff unloaded for his second home run of the season, a three-run shot in the ninth inning that gave the Frogs a 16-0 lead. Curry drove in his third run of the game as he singled up the middle to drive in Pharr. Brance Rivera scored the final run of the contest on an errant throw by the second baseman.
The Frogs improve to 22-10 on the season. They return home briefly for a Monday afternoon affair against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. at Lupton Stadium.