Feb. 11, 2006
No. 21 TCU broke open a close game with three runs in the seventh inning and held off a late rally to take a 6-4 win over the University of Houston baseball team Saturday during the second day of the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park.
After jumping out to a 3-1 lead through six innings, the Horned Frogs (2-0) scored three runs in the seventh, courtesy of RBI-singles from Matt McGuirk and Matt Carpenter and a sacrifice fly from Andrew Walker.
In their final at bat, the Cougars (1-2) rallied, pulling to within two on a two-run, two-out single from Mark McGonigle, and had the tying run at the plate. But TCU reliever Brett Allar retired the only batter he faced to end the threat and the game and record his first save.
TCU starter Jake Arrietta picked up the win and improved to 1-0 after holding the Cougars to one run off two hits with five strikeouts in six innings.
UH starter Aaron Brown dropped to 0-1 after allowing three runs off four hits with a strikeouts in 4.1 innings.
McGonigle led the Cougars with two RBIs. Chad Huffman went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs to pace the Horned Frogs, while McGuirk finished the night 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Bryan Kervin also batted 2-for-3 with a run in the winning effort.
The Cougars wrap up their stay at the tournament when they meet Texas Tech at 11 a.m., Sunday. Junior righthander Brad Lincoln is slated to make his first start this week after holding Texas-San Antonio to only two hits with seven strikeouts in five shutout innings during the season opener for both teams Tuesday at Cougar Field.
The game can be heard live on www.UHCougars.com with former letterwinners Nick Torina and Pat Cauley calling all the action. Fans also can follow live stats by clicking on the "Gametracker" link at www.UHCougars.com.
Texas Tech junior southpaw Aaron Odom is slated to toe the rubber for the Red Raiders.
TCU jumped out to the quick lead in its first at bat when Huffman's RBI-single to left field plated Kervin, who reached on a one-out double. Two batters later, McGuirk laced an RBI-single into right center field to plate Huffman and give the Horned Frogs an early 2-0 lead.
The Cougars cut that lead in half in the fourth inning. After reaching on a leadoff single, Dustin Kingsbury stole second base and moved up on an errant throw. Josh Stirneman then blasted his first triple into the gap in right center to trim the TCU advantage to 2-1.
The score remained that way until the bottom of the fifth inning when the Horned Frogs strung three straight hits together with Huffman's RBI-single to left field scoring Steven Trout.
In the ninth inning, Luis Flores and Bryan Tully led off with back-to-back singles and moved up a base following an infield groundout. McGonigle then lifted a looping fly ball into shallow right center to plate both runners and cut the lead to 6-4. However, that would be as close as the Cougars would get the rest of the night.