April 8, 2009

Courtesy of Texas Athletics

AUSTIN, Texas – The No. 9 Texas Longhorns used five pitchers to hand the TCU Horned Frogs a 6-0 defeat Tuesday night at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The shutout snapped a 108-game streak in which the Frogs had scored at least one run. The Frogs managed eight hits in the game, led by two each from Ben Carruthers and Matt Vern.

The Frogs had early chances to take the lead in the game, but couldn’t get the big hit to spur the rally. The first golden opportunity came in the second inning as the Frogs had runners on the corners with nobody out. Chris Ellington led off the inning with a single and moved to third on a Vern base hit. The rally was halted on a strike out/caught stealing double play that saw Ellington gunned down trying to score on a pitch that got away from the catcher.

Again, the Frogs looked to have something going in the third only to see it go for naught as the Longhorns pitched out of a jam. Carruthers singled with one out and moved to second on a base hit from Corey Steglich. Texas reliever Austin Dicharry retired the next two batters to get out of the inning unscathed.

A miscue on the infield in the bottom of the third helped spur a two-run Texas inning as they took the lead. Connor Rowe doubled to lead off the inning and moved to third on what should have been a sacrifice bunt, but nobody covered first base and Travis Tucker was safe with a bunt single. Michael Torres sinlged to put Texas in front and Tucker scored on a Brandon Belt base hit. A line out double play kept the damage to a minimum as Torres was stranded at third.

Three more Longhorn runs crossed the plate in the fourth as they took a commanding 5-0 lead. The back breaker was a two-run home run to center by Kevin Keyes. With one out and two on, Torres drove in his second run of the night before Tyler Lockwood was able to induce the inning-ending double play off the bat of Belt.

Dicharry settled in after allowing two hits in his first inning of work. He set down seven straight batters following Steglich’s one-out single in the third before allowing a two-out double to Carruthers. He finished his four innings of work, retiring the final four batters he faced.

A lead-off walk in the fifth turned into another Longhorn run as he scored on a two-out single from Keyes to account for the Longhorns six runs.

TCU saw two more opportunities to crack the scoreboard go by the wayside. Bryan Holaday doubled in the seventh and Jimmie Pharr drew a two-out walk, but Carruthers lined sharply to the third baseman to end the inning. A two-out triple by Carpenter in the eighth also didn’t pan out for the Frogs, who were shutout for the first time since May 1, 2007 when they lost 3-0 to Baylor.

Holle (3-1) suffered his first loss of the season, allowing two runs on four hits in two innings of work. Also seeing action on the mound for the Frogs was Taylor Cragin (1 1/3 innings), Lockwood (1 2/3 innings), Walker Kelly (2/3 of inning), Eric Marshall (1 1/3 innings) and Erik Miller (1 inning).

The Frogs fall to 19-10 on the season. They stay on the road for three more games as they open up a three-game set at UT-Pan American Thursday night. Game time is slated for 6:30 p.m.