May 20, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - TCU's Corey Steglich homered to lead off the ninth, breaking a 6-6 tie. The Horned Frogs held the lead for a 8-6 win, spoiling senior day for Ryan Barba, Brandon Bingham, Darren Coltrinari, Nate Melek and Jesse Perez. The loss, dropping New Mexico to 28-27 overall and 10-12 in the Mountain West Conference, makes it the second consecutive MWC series sweep suffered by the Lobos.
With two outs in the first, TCU's Chad Huffman walked and then stole second and took third on a throwing error from junior first baseman Daniel Stovall. Huffman scored in the next at bat on hard hit single to third baseman Ian Hollick, who knocked it down and just missed throwing out Austin Adams at first.
New Mexico fired back, plating three runs in the bottom of the inning. Stovall drew a full-count walk with the bases loaded for a RBI. Hollick followed with a liner just out of the shortstop's reach, landing safely for a RBI-single in shallow left. Junior left fielder Jay Russell drove in the final run of the inning on a deep sac fly to left.
TCU evened the game in the fourth with two runs on three hits, including a double down the left field line from Steglich. With the bases loaded in the fifth, Hunt Woodruff flied out deep enough in left for the leading run to scored.
The Lobos fought back scoring two runs on three hits in the fifth, taking a 5-4 lead. But TCU wouldn't stay down, reclaimed the lead, 6-5 in the seventh.
Junior Chris Dabbs pinch hit with one out in the eight, launching the ball to the Comcast sign in left center, settling for a double as the ball narrowly missed clearing the fence. Dabbs moved to third on a grounder by freshman Zach Arnett and scored the tying run on a wild pitch.
Juniors Chris Carlson and Matt Foote and Hollick all had two hits to lead the Lobos. Stovall drove in a team-high two runs while Barba scored two. Matt Carpenter went 3-for-4 with two runs scored while Woodruff was 1-for-3 with three RBI to lead TCU.
Shawn Ferguson (3-4) earned the win, going 1.2 innings of relief for just one hit, one run, one walk and a strikeout. Freshman Chad Itokazu suffered the loss (2-4), allowing two hits, two runs and three walks in 1.2 innings. Melek, who got the start, went 5 innings with two strikeouts.
The Lobos, seeded No. 5 in the MWC Tournament, will take on host UNLV, the No. 4 seed, on Tuesday at 7 p.m. PT. Junior Danny Ray Herrera (9-0, 2.30 ERA) will make the start for New Mexico.