Frogs Record Rare Shutout

Collin Fanning had two of BYU's four hits in the finale against TCU. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

FORT WORTH -- Swirling winds assisted league-leading TCU scoring its first five runs Saturday enroute to a 7-0 shutout over BYU.

It was the first shutout in the conference against BYU since the middle of the 2004 season versus New Mexico. The Cougars, now take their 22-16 record (7-5 in the Mountain West) into this Thursday's three-game homestand against Air Force in a contest that has been pushed back one hour to 7 p.m., because of Vice President Dick Cheney's graduation visit.

In the finale at TCU (30-10, 12-2), Austin Adams hit a one-two pitch on a low breaking ball, golfing a line drive home run to left field with two on in the first to put the Horned Frogs up 3-0.

The Cougars had runners on board in the first three and last three innings, but weren't able to convert.

Apana Nakayama was hit by a pitch in the first with two out, but was out on Kent Walton's ensuing fielder's choice. Kasey Ko got BYU's first hit of the game in the second on a single to right field, followed by Stephen Wells' walk. Then J.T. Musso ended the second when he grounded into a double play.

BYU returned the favor with a Ko-Danny Vargas-Jake Wortham double play to end the Frog's second inning.

The best BYU chance came early in the game in the third when Vargas walked, then Collin Fanning with a one-out single, then stole second. Nakayama popped up to the catcher and Walton grounded out to end the third.

In the third TCU led off with Steven Trout securing a double that landed between Leon Johnson and Stephen Wells in left and center. Adams got aboard again, this time with a fielder's choice following Walker's single. Trout scored on Arnold's single down the rightfield line. Adams scored on Matt Vern's sac-fly. Musso ended the inning by throwing Arnold out at second as he tried to steal.

After getting the first two batters out in the fourth, Wortham gave up a single to the number nine TCU batter, Hunt Woodruff, then Bryan Kervin at the top of the order and was replaced by Matt Jensen who ended the inning with a strikeout of Trout.

In the fifth, BYU flied out consecutively to left field to the wall and warning track as the Cougars went down in order for the second of three consecutive innings.

After throwing 90-plus heat in the fifth, Jensen recorded a lead-off strikeout of Ben Carruthers in the sixth. However, Jensen's curve got past Musso and Carruthers reached first safely, then advanced to second on a sac-bunt. Jensen then walked Woodruff and was replaced by J.D. Stambaugh. Stambaugh struck out then next two batters, swinging and looking to end the threat.

Steve Parker led off the seventh with a first-pitch double to right field for the third BYU hit of the evening. He advanced to third two outs later, but was stranded when Chance Corgan struck out Musso looking.

Vern executed a hit-and-run one-out triple with two on to increase TCU's lead to 7-0 in the seventh and chase Stambaugh from the mound in favor of Brad Kidd. Kidd fielded Carruthers' swinging bunt with a glove flip to get Vern out at home, then recorded a strikeout two batters later to end the inning.

Parker reached third again in the ninth via a walk, wild pitch and passed ball, but remained there as the game ended.

BYU Cougars at #27 TCU Horned Frogs

Apr 21, 2007 at Fort Worth, Texas (Lupton Stadium)

BYU Cougars 0 (22-16,7-5 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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JOHNSON, Leon lf......... 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0

FANNING, Collin rf....... 4 0 2 0 0 0 4 0 0

NAKAYAMA, Apana dh....... 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1

WALTON, Kent 2b.......... 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 3

PARKER, Steve 3b......... 3 0 1 0 1 1 1 2 0

KO, Kasey 1b............. 4 0 1 0 0 1 6 1 0

WELLS, Stephen cf........ 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1

MUSSO, J.T. c............ 3 0 0 0 0 1 6 2 2

VARGAS, Dan ss........... 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 1 0

WORTHAM, Jake p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

JENSEN, Matt p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

STAMBAUGH, J.D. p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

KIDD, Brad p............ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Totals................... 29 0 4 0 3 8 24 11 7

TCU Horned Frogs 7 (30-10,12-2 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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KERVIN, Bryan ss......... 5 0 1 0 0 2 3 3 0

TROUT, Steven 3b......... 5 2 2 0 0 2 0 1 4

WALKER, Andrew c......... 3 1 2 0 2 0 8 2 0

ADAMS, Austin rf......... 3 3 2 3 2 0 1 0 0

ARNOLD, Clint cf......... 5 1 1 1 0 0 3 0 2

VERN, Matt 1b............ 3 0 2 3 0 0 9 0 1

CARRUTHERS, Ben 2b....... 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 1

ELLINGTON, Steve lf...... 3 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0

WOODRUFF, Hunt dh........ 3 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 2

CORGAN, Chance p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

LOCKWOOD, Tyler p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

DEMEL, Sam p............ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 34 7 13 7 5 7 27 11 10

Score by Innings R H E

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BYU Cougars......... 000 000 000 - 0 4 0

TCU Horned Frogs.... 302 000 20X - 7 13 0

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DP - BY 1; TCU 2. LOB - BY 7; TCU 10. 2B - PARKER(9); TROUT(14). 3B -

VERN(4). HR - ADAMS(7). HBP - NAKAYAMA; VARGAS. SH - ELLINGTON(1). SF -

VERN(1). SB - FANNING(17); VERN(7). CS - ARNOLD(3).

BYU Cougars IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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WORTHAM, Jake....... 3.2 9 5 5 1 2 17 19

JENSEN, Matt........ 1.2 0 0 0 2 2 5 8

STAMBAUGH, J.D...... 1.0 2 2 2 1 2 5 6

KIDD, Brad.......... 1.2 2 0 0 1 1 7 8

TCU Horned Frogs IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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CORGAN, Chance...... 7.0 3 0 0 1 6 23 26

LOCKWOOD, Tyler..... 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 3 4

DEMEL, Sam.......... 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 3 4

Win - CORGAN (5-1). Loss - WORTHAM (4-4). Save - None.

WP - JENSEN(3); DEMEL(5). HBP - by CORGAN (NAKAYAMA); by CORGAN (VARGAS). PB -

MUSSO(6); WALKER 2(7).

Umpires - HP: Scott Johnstone 1B: Gus Rodriguez 3B: Ray Belfiore

Start: 6:31 pm Time: 2:46 Attendance: 1936

BYU Cougars starters: 14/lf JOHNSON, L.; 17/rf FANNING; 24/dh NAKAYAMA; 9/2b WALTON;

5/3b PARKER; 22/1b KO; 1/cf WELLS; 10/c MUSSO; 13/ss VARGAS; 28/p WORTHAM;

TCU Horned Frogs starters: 1/ss KERVIN; 16/3b TROUT; 6/c WALKER; 44/rf ADAMS; 5/cf

ARNOLD; 21/1b VERN; 20/2b CARRUTHERS; 18/lf ELLINGTON; 2/dh WOODRUFF; 28/p CORGAN;

BYU Cougars 1st - JOHNSON, L. struck out looking. FANNING grounded out to 1b

unassisted. NAKAYAMA hit by pitch. WALTON reached on a fielder's choice; NAKAYAMA

out at second 3b to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

TCU Horned Frogs 1st - KERVIN struck out swinging, out at first c to 1b.

TROUT singled down the rf line. WALKER walked; TROUT advanced to second. ADAMS

homered to left field, 3 RBI; WALKER scored; TROUT scored. ARNOLD grounded out to

2b. VERN singled to center field. VERN stole second. CARRUTHERS grounded out to 1b

unassisted. 3 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU Cougars 2nd - PARKER grounded out to 2b. KO singled to right center. KO

advanced to second on a passed ball. WELLS walked. MUSSO grounded into double play

2b to ss to 1b; WELLS out on the play. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

TCU Horned Frogs 2nd - ELLINGTON struck out looking. WOODRUFF singled to

center field. KERVIN grounded into double play 1b to ss to p; WOODRUFF out on the

play. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU Cougars 3rd - VARGAS hit by pitch. JOHNSON, L. struck out swinging.

FANNING singled to right field; VARGAS advanced to third. FANNING stole second.

NAKAYAMA fouled out to c. WALTON grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2

LOB.

TCU Horned Frogs 3rd - TROUT doubled to left center. WALKER singled to center

field; TROUT advanced to third. ADAMS reached on a fielder's choice; WALKER out at

second 3b to 2b. ARNOLD singled to right field, RBI; ADAMS advanced to third; TROUT

scored. VERN flied out to rf, SF, RBI; ADAMS scored. ARNOLD out at second c to ss,

caught stealing. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU Cougars 4th - PARKER struck out looking. KO flied out to cf. WELLS lined

out to cf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

TCU Horned Frogs 4th - CARRUTHERS grounded out to 3b. ELLINGTON flied out to

lf. WOODRUFF singled up the middle. KERVIN singled through the left side; WOODRUFF

advanced to second. JENSEN to p for WORTHAM. TROUT struck out swinging. 0 runs, 2

hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

BYU Cougars 5th - MUSSO flied out to lf. VARGAS flied out to lf. JOHNSON, L.

lined out to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

TCU Horned Frogs 5th - WALKER flied out to rf. ADAMS walked. ARNOLD flied out

to rf to right center. VERN reached on a fielder's choice; ADAMS out at second 2b to

ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU Cougars 6th - FANNING flied out to rf. NAKAYAMA struck out swinging.

WALTON struck out looking. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

TCU Horned Frogs 6th - CARRUTHERS struck out swinging, reached first on a

wild pitch. ELLINGTON grounded out to 1b unassisted, SAC; CARRUTHERS advanced to

second. WOODRUFF walked. STAMBAUGH to p for JENSEN. WOODRUFF advanced to second on a

passed ball; CARRUTHERS advanced to third on a passed ball. KERVIN struck out

swinging. TROUT struck out looking. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

BYU Cougars 7th - PARKER doubled down the rf line. KO flied out to cf. WELLS

grounded out to 2b; PARKER advanced to third. MUSSO struck out looking. 0 runs, 1

hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

TCU Horned Frogs 7th - WALKER singled up the middle. ADAMS walked; WALKER

advanced to second. ARNOLD reached on a fielder's choice, bunt; ADAMS advanced to

second; WALKER out at third p to 3b. VERN tripled to right center, 2 RBI; ARNOLD

scored; ADAMS scored. KIDD to p for STAMBAUGH. CARRUTHERS reached on a fielder's

choice; VERN out at home p to c. ELLINGTON singled through the left side; CARRUTHERS

advanced to second. WOODRUFF struck out swinging. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2

LOB.

BYU Cougars 8th - LOCKWOOD to p for CORGAN. VARGAS walked. JOHNSON, L.

grounded into double play 2b to ss to 1b; VARGAS out on the play. FANNING singled to

pitcher. NAKAYAMA grounded out to c. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

TCU Horned Frogs 8th - KERVIN grounded out to 2b. TROUT lined out to 2b.

WALKER walked. ADAMS singled through the left side; WALKER advanced to second.

ARNOLD lined out to rf. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

BYU Cougars 9th - DEMEL to p for LOCKWOOD. WALTON grounded out to 2b up the

middle. PARKER walked. PARKER advanced to second on a wild pitch. KO struck out

swinging, out at first c to 1b. PARKER advanced to third on a passed ball. WELLS

struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

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