May 19, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Sophomore third baseman Ian Hollick's grand slam in the ninth was part of a six-run inning for New Mexico but it wasn't enough to rally from a 13-3 deficit as TCU defeated the Lobos, 13-9 at Isotopes Park this afternoon.
The starting pitchers dominated the first three innings. Junior Danny Ray Herrera (9-0) was masterful, striking out six with no walks and just two hits. But Herrera was relieved in the fourth to keep him fresh for the start Tuesday at the Mountain West Conference Tournament.
TCU first baseman Chad Huffman greeted new Lobo pitcher, senior Darren Coltrinari with a solo shot to left, ending the scoreless game. One inning later, the Horned Frogs put six runs on the board thanks to a RBI single from Huffman and a two-RBI double from designated hitter Steven Trout. Second baseman Corey Steglich also doubled in two runs, extending his hit streak to 12 games.
The Horned Frogs relieved started Brad Furnish after 5 innings, bringing in Chase Perry to start the sixth. Senior shortstop Ryan Barba was glad to see him, homering to left center.
Huffman capped another six-run TCU inning with a two-RBI triple to the wall in left center in the eighth. Steglich doubled in two more runs, giving the Horned Frogs a comfy 13-1 lead.
With one out and runners at second and third in the bottom of the eighth, junior first baseman Daniel Stovall laced his 24th double of the season to left center, plating two runs for the Lobos. In the ninth, Barba singled in a run and Stovall walked for a RBI, setting up Hollick's grand slam.
Furnish picked up his seventh win, allowing just two hits and three walks with three strikeouts in 5 innings. Coltrinari fell to 1-2 with the loss, giving up nine hits, seven runs and a walk in 1.1 innings. Besides Herrera, freshman Jordan Salazar had a scoreless performance against TCU, going 1.2 innings for two hits, a walk and a strikeout.
Hollick was 2-for-4 with four RBI and a run scored while Barba and Stovall both went 3-for-4. Barba drove in two and scored three while Stovall drove in three and scored once. Huffman and Steglich led TCU, going 3-for-5 with four RBI each.
With the loss and BYU's win, the Lobos (28-26 overall, 10-11 MWC) are in a battle with UNLV to see who gets the fourth and fifth seeds in the MWC tournament next week in Las Vegas. TCU has already claimed the top seed and San Diego State currently holds the No. 2 seed. However, if BYU wins tomorrow, the Cougars will claim that seed, dropping the Aztecs to No. 3. Utah, even with a win tomorrow, will take the sixth seed leaving Air Force No. 7.
The regular season ends tomorrow for all MWC members. The Lobos, looking to avoid their second series sweep, take on TCU at Isotopes Park at noon. It is Fan Fiesta Day tomorrow, sponsored by MVP Baseball/Softball Academy, Comcast and 610 the Sports Animal. All tickets are just $2 and the first 500 fans will receive a free giveaway. There will be inflatable games for the children and the Ambrose Alday Scholarship Fund Memorabilia Auction will be on the concourse at Isotopes Park.