March 31, 2007

No. 26 TCU Sweeps Doubleheader From Gauchos, 12-3 and 8-5

March 31, 2007

Box Score

FORT WORTH, Texas - UC Santa Barbara lost both ends of a doubleheader at 26th-ranked on Saturday, dropping the first game 12-3 and the second game 8-5. The teams played a pair after they were rained out on Friday evening.

In game one, the Gauchos jumped out to an early lead, pushing across an unearned run on two hits. Chris Fox led off the game with a base hit to center and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice from Cody Dee. A passed ball moved Fox to third where he scored on a Robbie Blauer base hit to give UC Santa Barbara a 1-0 lead.

The Horned Frogs wasted no time knotting the game at one as they took advantage of a UCSB error. Keith Conlon smashed the ball to right field to plate Steven Trout, who had reached on an error. Conlon was thrown out trying to stretch the double into a triple, but the damage was done.

TCU took the lead in the third inning when it scored three runs. After Trout walked and Conlon doubled, Austin Adams belted a three-run home run to center field. The Frogs extended the lead in the fourth inning when Hunt Woodruff lined a single up the middle with one out and scored when second baseman Ben Carruthers belted a home run to left field. Carruthers' shot gave TCU a 5-1 advantage.

The Gauchos got one back in the top of the sixth without the benefit of a hit as left fielder Mike Zuanich was hit by a pitch and ultimately scored on a double play.

TCU blew the game open off of reliever Bryan Fleming in the bottom of the sixth when it scored six runs. Woodruff homered to open the inning and then the Horned Frogs used four more hits to score five more runs to take a 12-2 lead. The Gauchos scored one run in the top of the seventh when center fielder Chris Fox doubled and then scored on a single by first baseman Robbie Blauer. That was the final run of the contest as UCSB dropped the game by a score of 12-3.

In game two, Santa Barbara jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Fox walked, stole second and third and then scored on a double by Blauer.

TCU bounced back with two runs in the second and one in the third to take a 3-1 advantage, but the Gauchos responded with a pair of runs in the fourth and fifth to take a 5-3 lead after five. In the fourth, catcher Chris McMurray and right fielder Brian Gump had back-to-back doubles for the first run and then Shane Carlson singled Gump home to tie the score at 3-3.

In the fifth, left fielder Mike Zuanich opened the inning with a triple to right center. Designated hitter Matt Anderson walked and then, after a sacrifice moved Anderson to second, Gump singled to left scoring Zuanich and moving Anderson to third. Gump stole second and then after a fly out by Carlson, second baseman Patrick Rose walked to load the bases. A passed ball scored Anderson and advance the runners, giving the Gauchos a 5-3 lead.

The Horned Frogs narrowed the gap to one run in the bottom of the sixth when catcher Andrew Walker crushed a home run to dead center field.

After a scoreless seventh inning, TCU rallied for four runs off of reliever Justin Segal in the bottom of the eighth inning, giving it an insurmountable 8-5 lead. The key blow in the inning was a bases loaded two-run double by right fielder Austin Adams. His hit turned a 5-4 UCSB lead into a 6-5 Horned Frog edge. TCU scored two more runs in the inning to take its 8-5 lead and that is how the game ended.

On the day, the Gauchos were paced by Blauer who had four hits in nine at bats. Fox had three hits in the first game and scored three runs on the day. Gump had two hits and a pair of RBI in the second game. For the Frogs, catcher Andrew Walker hit a pair of home runs in the game and he now has five on the season.

The loss drops Santa Barbara to 11-15 on the year and the win improves TCU to 20-8. The Horned Frogs are now 13-0 at home. The two losses gives UCSB a four-game losing streak entering the series finale on Sunday.

UCSB and TCU will play game three of the series on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. (PDT).