Frogs Win Game Two

J.T. Musso was one of two Cougars to record multiple hits against TCU Friday night. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- A hot start cooled off quickly for BYU as the Cougars fell 13-4 to TCU on a chilly Friday evening at Larry H. Miller Field.

With the loss, BYU falls to 15-23 on the year and 5-6 in Mountain West Conference play while TCU improves to 25-13 and 10-4. BYU was outhit 15-7 by the Horned Frogs.

The Cougars jumped out to an early lead scoring three runs in the first inning, but TCU responded in the second with six runs. The Cougar bats put down four hits and scored four runs in the first two innings but managed only three hits and no runs over the final seven innings, while the Horned Frogs found ways to score and keep rallies alive.

"I think it took the wind out of our sails when they scored six runs right after we scored three," BYU coach Vance Law said. "Give TCU credit. They just seemed to be able to find the holes tonight. They put the bat on the ball and they executed situations."

After holding TCU scoreless in the first, the Cougars got their bats going early. Sean McNaughton lined his first pitch into the gap between center and left for a stand-up double. After Steve Parker drew a walk to put Cougar runners on first and second, Dan Vargas singled to left to bring McNaughton sliding home under the tag for the first run of the game. The Cougars were not done, however, as Kasey Ko smashed a double over TCU's Jonathan Cluff in right to easily score Parker and Vargas for a three-run first inning.

Unfortunately for the 1,766 Cougar fans in attendance, the BYU lead was short-lived as 10 TCU batters came to the plate in the second inning with six eventually circling the bases to give the Horned Frogs a 6-3 advantage. During the rally, TCU players drew two walks, lined four singles, lofted one sacrifice fly and pounded one double before BYU could record its third out of the inning. Many of the TCU hits just seemed to find an opening in the Cougar defense.

BYU bounced back with a run in the bottom half of the second and had a chance to do more damage but ended up leaving three runners on base. Catcher J.T. Musso beat out an infield hit and second baseman Andrew Law was hit by a pitch in the first two Cougar at-bats of the inning. After a Kent Walton out advanced the runners, Musso was able to score when McNaughton hit into a fielder's choice. The Cougars loaded the bases for Ko but the hot-hitting first baseman went down swinging for the third out. Ko had recorded hits in five of his previous six appearances against TCU this year.

After a quiet third inning for both teams, TCU broke the game open with seven runs over the next four innings, including six opportunistic runs scored with two outs, to claim a 13-4 advantage after seven.

A Cougar miscue allowed TCU's Clint Arnold to score in the fourth when Musso's throw to second sailed into centerfield when neither Law nor Vargas was in position make the play. Bryan Holaday followed with a hot smash to third but Parker was able to knock it down and throw out the Horned Frog catcher for the third out in what could have been a scoreless inning.

TCU added two more runs after two outs in the fifth when first baseman Matt Vern cleared the fence in left for his second home run of the season, forcing BYU starting pitcher Jake Wortham from the game. After a single TCU run in the sixth, Arnold cleared the bases with a two-out double to the centerfield wall off of Michael Ward, who had just entered the game. Ward struck out TCU's Chris Ellington to end the inning and finished the game strong, pitching 2 1/3 innings with two strikeouts and giving up just one hit.

TCU's Sean Hoelscher pitched six innings to pick up the win and improve his record to 4-2 on the year. Wortham picked up the loss and falls to 2-3 on the year.

The two teams conclude the series in Provo on Saturday at 1 p.m., in a game televised live by both KBYU (Channel 11) and BYUTV and rebroadcast on Sunday by The Mtn. Network also at 1 p.m.

TCU at Brigham Young Univ.

Apr 18, 2008 at Provo, Utah (Larry H.Miller Field)

TCU 13 (25-13,10-4 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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CARRUTHERS, Ben 2b....... 6 2 3 0 0 1 1 2 0

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

GIVENS, Eric cf......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

ARNOLD, Clint cf/lf...... 4 2 3 4 0 0 4 0 0

ELLINGTON, Chris rf...... 5 0 3 1 0 1 2 0 2

HOLADAY, Bryan c......... 3 1 0 0 1 0 4 0 2

PHARR, Jimmie ph/c...... 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

CARPENTER, Matt 3b....... 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 0

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

MEDLIN, Brett pr........ 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

KERVIN, Bryan ss......... 5 2 2 1 0 0 0 4 0

VERN, Matt 1b............ 4 2 2 3 0 1 10 2 1

STEGLICH, Corey 1b...... 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0

HOELSCHER, Sean p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0

APPLEBY, Trent p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

CRAGIN, Taylor p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 40 13 15 11 4 4 27 13 6

Brigham Young Univ. 4 (15-23,5-6 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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WALTON, Kent cf.......... 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 1

MCNAUGHTON, Sean lf...... 4 1 2 1 1 0 1 0 0

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

VARGAS, Dan ss........... 4 1 1 1 0 0 2 3 0

KO, Kasey 1b............. 5 0 1 2 0 2 14 0 6

CLUFF, Jonathan rf....... 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0

BOWEN, Michael dh........ 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

MUSSO, J.T. c............ 4 1 2 0 0 1 4 0 0

LAW, Andrew 2b........... 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 1

WORTHAM, Jake p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

AMERSON, Sean p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

WARD, Michael p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 34 4 7 4 3 5 27 15 10

Score by Innings R H E

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TCU................. 060 121 300 - 13 15 1

Brigham Young Univ.. 310 000 000 - 4 7 1

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E - KERVIN(8); MUSSO(4). DP - BYU Cougars 1. LOB - TC 6; BYU Cougars 10. 2B

- ARNOLD(10); ELLINGTON, C(12); MCNAUGHTON(12); KO(5). HR - VERN(2). HBP -

CARPENTER; PARKER; VARGAS; LAW. SH - WALTON(2). SF - ARNOLD(1). SB -

ARNOLD(8); ELLINGTON, C(2); MCNAUGHTON 2(17); CLUFF(15).

TCU IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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HOELSCHER, Sean..... 6.0 5 4 4 3 4 23 30

APPLEBY, Trent...... 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 7 7

CRAGIN, Taylor...... 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 4 4

Brigham Young Univ. IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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WORTHAM, Jake....... 4.2 10 9 8 2 1 23 27

AMERSON, Sean....... 2.0 4 4 4 2 1 9 11

WARD, Michael....... 2.1 1 0 0 0 2 8 8

Win - HOELSCHER (4-2). Loss - WORTHAM (2-3). Save - None.

HBP - by WORTHAM (CARPENTER); by HOELSCHER (LAW); by HOELSCHER (VARGAS); by

HOELSCHER (PARKER).

Umpires - HP: Brian Frisch 1B: Randy Upton 3B: Jason Rogers

Start: 7:06 pm Time: 2:57 Attendance: 1766

TCU starters: 20/2b CARRUTHERS; 18/lf ELLINGTON, S; 5/cf ARNOLD; 24/rf

ELLINGTON, C; 16/c HOLADAY; 14/3b CARPENTER; 2/dh WOODRUFF; 1/ss KERVIN; 21/1b

VERN; 34/p HOELSCHER;

Brigham Young Univ. starters: 9/cf WALTON; 15/lf MCNAUGHTON; 5/3b PARKER; 13/ss

VARGAS; 22/1b KO; 8/rf CLUFF; 27/dh BOWEN; 10/c MUSSO; 6/2b LAW; 28/p WORTHAM;

TCU 1st - CARRUTHERS grounded out to 2b. ELLINGTON, S walked. ARNOLD

flied out to cf. ELLINGTON, C grounded out to 1b unassisted. 0 runs, 0 hits,

0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 1st - WALTON struck out swinging. MCNAUGHTON doubled

to right center. PARKER walked. VARGAS singled to left field, advanced to

second, RBI; PARKER advanced to third; MCNAUGHTON scored. KO doubled to right

center, 2 RBI; VARGAS scored; PARKER scored. CLUFF grounded out to 3b. BOWEN

grounded out to ss. 3 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

TCU 2nd - HOLADAY walked. CARPENTER hit by pitch; HOLADAY advanced to

second. WOODRUFF singled to right field; CARPENTER advanced to second; HOLADAY

advanced to third. KERVIN reached on a fielder's choice, RBI; WOODRUFF out at

second 2b to ss; CARPENTER advanced to third; HOLADAY scored. VERN singled to

left field, RBI; KERVIN advanced to second; CARPENTER scored. CARRUTHERS

singled to left field; VERN advanced to second; KERVIN advanced to third.

ELLINGTON, S singled to right field, 2 RBI; CARRUTHERS advanced to third; VERN

scored; KERVIN scored. ARNOLD flied out to cf, SF, RBI; CARRUTHERS scored.

ELLINGTON, C doubled to left field, RBI; ELLINGTON, S scored. HOLADAY grounded

out to 3b. 6 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 2nd - MUSSO singled to second base. LAW hit by

pitch; MUSSO advanced to second. WALTON out at first p to 2b, SAC, bunt; LAW

advanced to second; MUSSO advanced to third. MCNAUGHTON reached on a fielder's

choice, RBI; LAW out at third ss to 3b; MUSSO scored. PARKER walked; MCNAUGHTON

advanced to second. VARGAS hit by pitch; PARKER advanced to second; MCNAUGHTON

advanced to third. KO struck out swinging. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 3

LOB.

TCU 3rd - CARPENTER grounded out to p. WOODRUFF grounded out to ss.

KERVIN singled to right field. VERN grounded out to p. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 3rd - CLUFF singled to third base, bunt. CLUFF stole

second. BOWEN grounded out to ss. MUSSO grounded out to 3b; CLUFF advanced to

third. LAW flied out to cf. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

TCU 4th - CARRUTHERS struck out swinging. ELLINGTON, S grounded out to

ss. ARNOLD singled to center field. ELLINGTON, C singled to left field; ARNOLD

advanced to second. ELLINGTON, C stole second; ARNOLD stole third, scored on a

throwing error by c, unearned. HOLADAY grounded out to 3b. 1 run, 2 hits, 1

error, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 4th - WALTON flied out to cf. MCNAUGHTON walked.

MCNAUGHTON stole second. PARKER hit by pitch. VARGAS flied out to cf. KO out at

first 1b to p. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

TCU 5th - CARPENTER grounded out to 2b. WOODRUFF grounded out to 2b.

KERVIN singled up the middle. VERN homered to left field, 2 RBI; KERVIN scored.

AMERSON to p for WORTHAM. CARRUTHERS singled to left field. ELLINGTON, S flied

out to rf. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 5th - CLUFF grounded out to 3b. BOWEN grounded out

to 1b unassisted. MUSSO struck out looking. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0

LOB.

TCU 6th - ARNOLD singled to center field. ELLINGTON, C singled through

the right side; ARNOLD advanced to third. HOLADAY grounded into double play ss

to 2b to 1b; ELLINGTON, C out on the play; ARNOLD scored. CARPENTER grounded

out to 2b. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 6th - LAW flied out to lf. WALTON grounded out to

ss. MCNAUGHTON reached on a fielding error by ss. MCNAUGHTON stole second.

PARKER struck out looking. 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

TCU 7th - WOODRUFF walked. MEDLIN pinch ran for WOODRUFF. KERVIN flied

out to lf. VERN struck out swinging. CARRUTHERS singled to right field; MEDLIN

advanced to second. ELLINGTON, S walked; CARRUTHERS advanced to second; MEDLIN

advanced to third. WARD to p for AMERSON. ARNOLD doubled to left center, 3 RBI;

ELLINGTON, S scored; CARRUTHERS scored; MEDLIN scored. ELLINGTON, C struck out

swinging. 3 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 7th - APPLEBY to p for HOELSCHER. VARGAS grounded

out to 2b. KO grounded out to 2b. CLUFF flied out to rf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0

errors, 0 LOB.

TCU 8th - PHARR pinch hit for HOLADAY. PHARR flied out to cf. CARPENTER

grounded out to 2b. MEDLIN popped up to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0

LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 8th - PHARR to c. BOWEN out at first 1b to p. MUSSO

singled to right field. LAW flied out to cf. WALTON grounded out to 1b

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

TCU 9th - KERVIN grounded out to 2b. STEGLICH to 1b for VERN. STEGLICH

struck out swinging. CARRUTHERS flied out to cf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0

LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 9th - GIVENS to cf for ELLINGTON, S. ARNOLD to lf.

CRAGIN to p for APPLEBY. MCNAUGHTON singled to right field. PARKER flied out to

rf. VARGAS flied out to cf. KO struck out swinging, out at first c to 1b. 0

runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

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