Frogs win 6-5 thriller over top-seeded Oklahoma
June 2, 2006
NORMAN, Okla. - Trailing 5-3 heading into the ninth, the Frogs faced an uphill battle against a strong Oklahoma team. The Frogs were 0-19 in contests when they trailed after eight innings, but a three-run two-out rally by the Frogs erased the zero as they held on to defeat the No. 1-seeded Sooners at L. Dale Mitchell Park, 6-5, to advance in the winner's bracket of the tournament. Ryan Pack drove in the tying run and scored the eventual game winner on a Bryan Kervin single. Jake Arrieta won the battle of the aces to improve to 14-4 on the season.
OU ace, Daniel McCutchen opened the top of the ninth with a pair of strikeouts sandwiched around a Keith Conlon single before the Frogs rallied for the go-ahead run. A McCutchen wild pitch moved Conlon to second and a Corey Steglich base knock to left center made it a 5-4 contest. Pack tied the game with a long double off the wall in center and slid under the tag at home on Kervin's single to right, giving TCU the one-run advantage.
Arrieta allowed a lead-off single to Jackson Williams in the bottom of the ninth. After a Joseph Hughes sacrifice bunt moved Williams to second, Head Coach Jim Schlossnagle called on Sam Demel from the bullpen. The sophomore got lead-off batter Chuckie Caufield to foul out to first and Russell Raley to fly out to center, earning his sixth save of the season.
The Frogs opened the scoring in the fourth with two runs on three hits. Kervin doubled to the gap in left to begin the inning and moved to third on a Steven Trout sacrifice. Chad Huffman singled sharply to third base, but Ryan Rohlinger made a diving stab to keep the ball in the infield and prevent Kervin from scoring. Adams followed with a single to drive in the first run of the game. Huffman just beat the tag at home on a ground ball hit to first base off the bat of Matt Carpenter to make it a 2-0 game.
TCU extended its lead to 3-0 in the fourth. Pack singled to lead off the inning and scored on a two-out single by Huffman.
The Sooners came alive in the fifth, taking advantage of a TCU error to score four unearned runs and lead 4-3. Brandon Moss led off the inning with a single and moved to third on a one-out error. Caufield drove Moss home with a fielder's choice and moved to third on a Raley base hit. Rohlinger tied the game with a double to right field. Kevin Smith gave the Sooners their first lead of the night with a ground ball through the left side that plated Rohlinger. Caufield extended Oklahoma's lead to 5-3 with a lead-off home run in the seventh.
Arrieta retired six straight following the home run, setting up the Frogs' ninth-inning heroics. In all, the sophomore twirled 8.1 solid innings. He allowed just one earned run on nine hits. He walked just one and struck out eight.
McCutchen (8-8) matched Arrieta pitch for pitch as he went 8.2 innings. He allowed six runs on eight hits, walked two and struck out 11.
The Frogs advance to the winner's bracket to face the No. 3 seeded Wichita State Shockers, who defeated No. 2 seeded Houston 2-1 in game one of the Norman Regional. Game time for Saturday's tilt is set for 7 p.m. at L. Dale Mitchell Park. Brad Furnish will toe the rubber for the Frogs.