Dallas Baptist shuts down Frogs in 3-0 loss
May 2, 2006
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs dropped a 3-0 decision to Dallas Baptist in the opening game of a season-long eight game home stand Tuesday night at Lupton Stadium. The Frog offense managed just four hits in the contest and never had a guy reach third base. Matt Carpenter led the Frogs with a 2-for-3 day at the plate.
TCU starter Chase Perry and Dallas Baptist starter Michael Gardner battled through the first three innings before the Patriots finally broke through in the fourth inning. Jeremy Goldschmeding and Cody Montgomery opened the inning with back-to-back singles. A Drew Holder sacrifice advanced the runners 90 feet and Matt Tucker hit a sacrifice fly to drive in the Patriots first run of the game. Evan Bigley made it a 2-0 game with a two-out single to plate Montgomery.
The Frogs had a chance in the second and third innings as they got the lead-off guy on, but Gardner was effective, retiring the next three batters he faced to get out of the innings unscathed. Steven Trout drove the ball to deep left field in the third, only to see the left fielder track it down at the wall for the final out.
Perry (0-1) gave way to Taylor Cragin in the fifth inning after four solid innings. Perry allowed just the two runs on three hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out two. Cragin worked 1.2 innings, allowing two hits, a walk and a hit-by-pitch. Omar Arif came on with two runners on in the sixth inning and left them stranded, retiring pinch hitter, Trevor Head.
The Patriots tacked on an insurance run in the eighth inning off of Donald Furrow. After getting the first two batters of the inning, Bigley started Dallas Baptist's two-out rally. Head followed with a double down the left field line to drive in Bigley.
Base hits by the Frogs in the eighth and ninth innings went by the wayside as the Frogs were shut out for the second time in four games.
The Frogs (26-20) return to conference play on Friday night when they host Utah for a three-game series. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m. at Lupton Stadium.