Frogs hold on for 4-3 victory over UT-Pan American
May 11, 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas - Austin Adams broke a 2-2 tie with his ninth home run of the season in the sixth inning and the No. 23 TCU Horned Frogs held on for the 4-3 victory over UT-Pan American. TCU picked up its 38th win of the season, reaching that plateau in the regular season for the first time in school history. Jake Arrieta tossed 7 2/3 innings for his eighth win of the season.
The Broncs struck first in the top of the first, scoring a run on two hits. Osiel Flores hit a one-out double and moved to third on a base hit by Roly Gonzalez. A ground ball out off the bat of Dominic Tognietti gave the Broncs their first lead of the game.
TCU wasted no time knotting the game at one as Bryan Kervin connected for his third home run of the season to lead off the bottom of the first.
A pitching dual ensued as both Arrieta and UTPA starter Josh Wymer (5-7) went toe-to-toe through the next three innings. Wymer's defense turned two double plays behind him. Arrieta sat the side down in order in the third and pitched around a lead-off walk in the third.
UTPA broke through in the fourth to regain the one-run advantage. Tognietti doubled to lead off the fourth and moved to third on a passed ball. Arrieta got a big strikeout of Patrick Brooks before Leighton Autrey grounded out to drive in the go-ahead run.
Again, the Frogs battled back to tie the game. Matt Vern worked a lead-off walk, but was erased on a ground ball from Adams. Clint Arnold followed with a base hit to move Adams to second where he scored on a Keith Conlon base hit.
From there, Arrieta dominated. He limited the Broncs to just three base runners over the next four innings. Following the fourth-inning double, he retired 11 of the next 12 batters he faced. The lone blemish was a lead-off single in the sixth.
Leading off the bottom of the sixth, Vern drew a walk and Adams delivered with a long two-run shot over the center field fence to give TCU the 4-2 advantage.
With two on and two outs in the eighth inning, the Frogs went to the bullpen for Sam Demel. He did his job, getting Tognietti to pop up to end the inning and strand the tying runs on base.
The Broncs tried to make things interesting in the top of the ninth as they put the tying runs on base. Nick Spears was drilled with a one-out pitch and moved to third on a wild pitch and passed ball. He scored on a fielder's choice of Blake Whittlesey to make it a 4-3 contest. Demel got Nick Bourn to ground out on a great play by Steven Trout to end the game and earn his 11th save of the season.
Arrieta went 7 2/3 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits. He struck out nine and walked just two batters to improve to 8-3 on the season.
The Frogs (38-11) and the Broncs (11-37) will square off in game two Saturday night at Lupton Stadium. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. Chris Johnson will take bump for the Frogs and go for win No. 10 on the season.