Feb. 28, 2009

Courtesy of TCU

OXFORD, Miss. - The No. 16 TCU Horned Frogs pounded out 25 hits and scored 19 runs on a cold, rainy afternoon to defeat No. 11 Ole Miss, 19-13, Saturday at Oxford-University Stadium. Matt Carpenter led the Frog charge with five hits, while Chris Ellington connected for two home runs and drove in four.  The win is the fifth in a row for TCU.


All but one starter posted a multi-hit game and six drove in at least one run. Along with Ellington's four RBI, Jason Coats tallied four RBI.


The Rebels took the early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but a two-run home run in the third off the bat of Ellington gave TCU a 2-1 lead it would never relinquish.


With two outs in the fourth inning, Corey Steglich singled up the middle to start a Frog rally. Ben Carruthers worked a walk and Carpenter singled to right to drive in Steglich. A misplay in right field allowed Carruthers to score all the way from first and Ellington followed with a single to extend the lead to 5-1.


David Phillips broke up a string of eight straight retired by Tyler Lockwood (1-0) with one out in the fourth.  Taylor Hashman walked and Zach Miller made it a one-run ballgame, 5-4, with a three-run home run to right field.


TCU would get one of the runs back in the top of the fifth with a two-out run. Matt Vern doubled and scored on a base hit from Bryan Holaday to make it a 6-4 contest.


A four-run sixth inning broke the game open as the Frogs took a commanding 10-4 lead. Ellington connected for his second home run of the game with one out. Matt Curry followed with a base hit and Jason Coats singled to put two on. Vern singled to plate Curry and a costly fielding error by Rebel third baseman, Tim Ferguson, plated two more runs.


The Rebels showed fight as they put up a five-spot in the bottom of the frame to pull back within one. A pinch-hit three run home run from Matt Snyder and two Horned Frog errors that led to two unearned runs made it a 10-9 contest.


Not to be outdone, the Frogs responded with a seven run top of the seventh to effectively put the game out of reach. Three of the first four batters in the inning reach to load the bases for Coats, who delivered a grand slam to right center field. That gave the Frogs some breathing room with a 14-9 lead, but they didn't stop there.


Taylor Featherston doubled following the home run and scored on the Rebels' third error of the game. Holaday tripled to drive in Vern and scored on a base hit from Steglich to give the Frogs a 17-9 lead.


TCU tacked on another run in the eighth as Coats worked a two-out walk, moved to second on a passed ball and scored all the way from second on a wild pitch.


Ole Miss picked up three in the bottom of the eighth inning as it went to its bench. The Rebels collected three pinch-hits, including a two-run home run from Kyle Henson to pull back within six, 18-12.


Carpenter rounded out his day as he kept the Frogs streak of scoring in every inning from the third on alive. He unloaded for his first home run of the season, a blast over the right field fence to make it a 19-12 game. Ole Miss matched the run in the bottom of the inning, but would get no more as Paul Gerrish closed the door.


Lockwood went five innings, allowing six runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out three for his first win of the season. Taylor Cragin pitched three innings of relief, while Gerrish tossed the ninth inning.


The Frogs improve to 5-1 on the season. The teams will attempt to complete the series with a doubleheader on Sunday beginning at Noon. Sean Hoelscher will start game one for TCU.