Missed Opportunities Cost Cougars

Thomas Bills was superb off the bench with two RBI, but BYU still lost 14-2. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

FORT WORTH -- No. 27 TCU scored early and often, and BYU could not get anything going offensively as it suffered a 14-2 loss on Friday night.

TCU (29-10, 11-2) did something in the bottom of the second that it couldn't do the entire previous game, score a run. The BYU (22-15, 7-4) defense finally gave up a run on a sacrifice-fly hit by Clint Arnold that brought around the catcher Andrew Walker to score and give TCU the 1-0 edge. It would prove to be all TCU from there.

To start the game BYU pitcher Jordan Muir picked up right where Jesse Craig left off, as in the first inning he retired the TCU side in the first.

In the second the BYU appeared to get things going offensively, as Kent Walton hit a lead-off single to center field. But right after Walton got on base, he was caught stealing. After a Kasey Ko pop-up, the next batter, Steve Parker walked, but was caught out on a base-running error to end the inning for the Cougars.

After the Cougars were once again retired in order by Chris Johnson in the third, TCU added on another run extending the lead to, 2-0. Muir was able to prevent any further damage as he struck out the next batter he faced and forced the next one to ground out to end the inning.

BYU got a man on in the fourth after Nakayama walked, but came up with a similar result as they couldn't bring him around to score. In the bottom of the inning Muir found himself in another jam with the bases loaded and no outs. The next batter Muir faced he struck out, but the next batter Ben Carruthers hit a single to drive in a run and that opened up the floodgates for TCU as it extended the lead to 6-0 as Muir headed to the bench, replaced by the right-handed Michael Ward.

In the top of the fifth BYU responded to the offensive outburst by TCU, with a leadoff double by Parker. The double was BYU's first extra base hit of the game. With a man in scoring position, Ko drew a walk and Stephen Wells singled to load the bases. Even with the bases loaded the Cougars couldn't bring anyone around to score, as J.T. Musso hit into a fielder's choice double play and Austin Hall followed that up by hitting a pop fly to first base.

Ward, in his first full inning of work had his hands full. In the inning he struggled giving up a single, walking a batter, hitting a batter and giving up two unearned runs, before being replaced by freshman Brandon Michon. Two fielding errors didn't help the Cougar pitchers and Michon finally got BYU of the inning giving up two more unearned runs that gave TCU the commanding 10-0 lead.

BYU unloaded the bench in the seventh inning and finally got on the board after Chase Frampton hit a triple and was then brought home by Thomas Bills single. Bills delivered again in the top of the ninth inning hitting an RBI double, but it proved too little too late as TCU won 14-2.

Muir, 4-3, picked up the loss for BYU, while Chris Johnson, 8-2, picked up the win for TCU.

The rubber match will take place on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. CT. Lefty Jake Wortham, 4-3, will be on the mound for the Cougars.

Brigham Young..000 000 101 2 7 5

Texas Christian...011 444 00- 14 13 0

BYU Cougars at #27 TCU Horned Frogs

Apr 20, 2007 at Fort Worth, Texas (Lupton Stadium)

BYU Cougars 2 (22-15,7-4 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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JOHNSON, Leon lf......... 3 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0

MC KEEVER, Mike lf...... 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

FANNING, Collin rf....... 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0

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

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

JOHNSON, Jason ph/2b.... 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0

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

FRAMPTON, Chase ph/3b... 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0

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

BILLS, Thomas ph/1b..... 2 0 2 2 0 0 2 0 0

WELLS, Stephen cf........ 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 1

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

GUENTHER, Wes ph/c...... 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1

HALL, Austin ss.......... 3 0 0 0 0 2 4 3 2

MUIR, Jordan p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0

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

MICHON, Brandon p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

PEREZ, Jacob p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 31 2 7 2 3 9 24 10 5

TCU Horned Frogs 14 (29-10,11-2 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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

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

ADAMS, Austin rf......... 5 0 0 1 0 1 2 1 0

WALKER, Andrew c......... 4 1 2 2 0 1 5 1 2

WOODRUFF, Hunt ph/c..... 2 0 1 1 0 1 5 0 0

VERN, Matt 1b/lf......... 4 1 1 0 0 0 9 0 7

ARNOLD, Clint cf......... 4 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 0

McGUIRK, Matt dh......... 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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

KREDER, Teddy ph/1b..... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

CARRUTHERS, Ben 2b....... 4 4 3 2 1 0 2 2 0

JOHNSON, Chris p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

MAXWELL, Steven p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

CRAGIN, Taylor p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

Totals................... 39 14 13 12 3 5 27 11 11

Score by Innings R H E

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BYU Cougars......... 000 000 101 - 2 7 5

TCU Horned Frogs.... 011 444 00X - 14 13 0

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E - WALTON 2(11); JOHNSON, J.(3); PARKER(12); MUIR(1). LOB - BY 5; TCU 11.

2B - PARKER(8); BILLS(2); WALKER(15); CARRUTHERS(3). 3B - FRAMPTON(1). HBP -

KERVIN; TROUT; ADAMS; KREDER, T.. SH - VERN(2); McGUIRK(2). SF - ARNOLD(1).

SB - KERVIN(6); TROUT(4); VERN(6); CARRUTHERS(6). CS - WALTON(5).

BYU Cougars IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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MUIR, Jordan........ 3.1 6 6 6 2 2 14 20

WARD, Michael....... 1.1 1 4 0 1 1 7 10

MICHON, Brandon..... 1.1 6 4 3 0 0 11 11

PEREZ, Jacob........ 2.0 0 0 0 0 2 7 8

TCU Horned Frogs IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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JOHNSON, Chris...... 6.0 3 0 0 3 4 18 21

MAXWELL, Steven..... 2.0 2 1 1 0 3 8 8

CRAGIN, Taylor...... 1.0 2 1 1 0 2 5 5

Win - JOHNSON (8-2). Loss - MUIR (4-3). Save - None.

HBP - by MUIR (KERVIN); by WARD (ADAMS); by WARD (TROUT); by PEREZ (KREDER, T.).

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

Start: 6:33 pm Time: 2:58 Attendance: 1799

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; 18/ss HALL; 12/p MUIR;

TCU Horned Frogs starters: 1/ss KERVIN; 16/3b TROUT; 44/rf ADAMS; 6/c WALKER; 21/1b

VERN; 5/cf ARNOLD; 32/dh McGUIRK; 18/lf ELLINGTON; 20/2b CARRUTHERS; 37/p JOHNSON;

BYU Cougars 1st - JOHNSON, L. grounded out to 2b. FANNING struck out looking.

NAKAYAMA grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

TCU Horned Frogs 1st - KERVIN out at first 1b to 2b to p. TROUT flied out to

cf. ADAMS grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU Cougars 2nd - WALTON singled to center field. WALTON out at second c to

ss, caught stealing. PARKER walked. KO flied out to rf. PARKER out at first p to 1b,

picked off. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

TCU Horned Frogs 2nd - WALKER doubled down the lf line. VERN reached on a

fielding error by p, SAC; WALKER advanced to third. ARNOLD flied out to cf, SF, RBI;

WALKER scored. VERN stole second. VERN out at second p to ss, picked off. McGUIRK

lined out to ss. 1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, 0 LOB.

BYU Cougars 3rd - WELLS grounded out to 1b unassisted. MUSSO grounded out to

3b. HALL struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

TCU Horned Frogs 3rd - ELLINGTON flied out to lf. CARRUTHERS walked. KERVIN

singled to center field; CARRUTHERS advanced to second. KERVIN stole second;

CARRUTHERS stole third. TROUT singled to shortstop, RBI; KERVIN advanced to third;

CARRUTHERS scored. TROUT stole second. ADAMS struck out swinging. WALKER grounded

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

BYU Cougars 4th - JOHNSON, L. struck out swinging. FANNING grounded out to

ss. NAKAYAMA walked. WALTON reached on a fielder's choice; NAKAYAMA out at second ss

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

TCU Horned Frogs 4th - VERN singled up the middle. ARNOLD singled to first

base, bunt; VERN advanced to second. McGUIRK reached on a fielder's choice, SAC;

ARNOLD advanced to second; VERN advanced to third. ELLINGTON struck out swinging.

CARRUTHERS singled to center field, RBI; McGUIRK advanced to second; ARNOLD advanced

to third; VERN scored. KERVIN hit by pitch, RBI; CARRUTHERS advanced to second;

McGUIRK advanced to third; ARNOLD scored. TROUT walked, RBI; KERVIN advanced to

second; CARRUTHERS advanced to third; McGUIRK scored. WARD to p for MUIR. ADAMS hit

by pitch, RBI; TROUT advanced to second; KERVIN advanced to third; CARRUTHERS

scored. WALKER struck out looking. VERN reached on a fielder's choice; ADAMS out at

second ss to 2b. 4 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

BYU Cougars 5th - PARKER doubled down the rf line. KO walked. WELLS singled

through the right side; KO advanced to second; PARKER advanced to third, out at home

rf to c. MUSSO reached on a fielder's choice; WELLS out at second 3b to 2b; KO

advanced to third. HALL popped up to 1b. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

TCU Horned Frogs 5th - ARNOLD grounded out to ss. McGUIRK grounded out to 2b.

ELLINGTON walked. CARRUTHERS singled through the left side; ELLINGTON advanced to

second. KERVIN reached on a fielding error by 2b; CARRUTHERS advanced to third;

ELLINGTON scored, unearned. TROUT hit by pitch; KERVIN advanced to second. ADAMS

reached on a fielding error by 2b; TROUT advanced to second; KERVIN advanced to

third; CARRUTHERS scored, unearned. MICHON to p for WARD. WALKER singled to center

field, 2 RBI; ADAMS advanced to second; TROUT scored, unearned; KERVIN scored,

unearned. VERN popped up to ss. 4 runs, 2 hits, 2 errors, 2 LOB.

BYU Cougars 6th - JOHNSON, L. struck out swinging. FANNING grounded out to

3b. NAKAYAMA lined out to rf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

TCU Horned Frogs 6th - ARNOLD singled up the middle. McGUIRK reached on a

fielder's choice; ARNOLD out at second 2b to ss. ELLINGTON singled to right center;

McGUIRK advanced to second. CARRUTHERS doubled to left center, RBI; ELLINGTON

advanced to third; McGUIRK scored. KERVIN singled up the middle, RBI; CARRUTHERS

advanced to third; ELLINGTON scored. TROUT reached on a fielding error by 3b, RBI;

KERVIN advanced to second; CARRUTHERS scored. ADAMS flied out to rf. WOODRUFF pinch

hit for WALKER. WOODRUFF singled to left center, RBI; TROUT advanced to second;

KERVIN scored, unearned. VERN flied out to lf. 4 runs, 5 hits, 1 error, 2

LOB.

BYU Cougars 7th - WOODRUFF to c. MAXWELL to p for JOHNSON. JOHNSON, J. pinch

hit for WALTON. JOHNSON, J. flied out to cf. FRAMPTON pinch hit for PARKER. FRAMPTON

tripled to center field. BILLS pinch hit for KO. BILLS singled up the middle, RBI;

FRAMPTON scored. WELLS flied out to cf to left center. GUENTHER pinch hit for MUSSO.

GUENTHER struck out looking. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

TCU Horned Frogs 7th - MC KEEVER to lf for JOHNSON, L.. JOHNSON, J. to 2b.

FRAMPTON to 3b. BILLS to 1b. GUENTHER to c. PEREZ to p for MICHON. ARNOLD flied out

to cf. McGUIRK reached on a throwing error by 2b, advanced to second. KREDER, T.

pinch hit for ELLINGTON. KREDER, T. hit by pitch. CARRUTHERS lined out to 2b. KERVIN

struck out looking. 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.

BYU Cougars 8th - VERN to lf. KREDER, T. to 1b. HALL struck out swinging. MC

KEEVER flied out to lf. FANNING struck out looking. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0

LOB.

TCU Horned Frogs 8th - TROUT grounded out to 1b unassisted. ADAMS grounded

out to 3b. WOODRUFF struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU Cougars 9th - CRAGIN to p for MAXWELL. NAKAYAMA struck out swinging.

JOHNSON, J. singled through the right side. FRAMPTON struck out swinging. BILLS

doubled to right center, RBI; JOHNSON, J. scored. WELLS out at first 1b to p. 1

run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

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