Frogs Sweep Catamounts

Frogs Sweep Catamounts

The Frogs swept their three-game weekend series against the Vermont Catamounts and have now won four games in a row.The offense came to life Sunday for the Frogs (10-4) as they beat the Catamounts (0-3) 10-2 on Sunday.

Vermont got on the board first scoring both their runs in the top of the third inning.

The Catamounts worked the bases loaded with just one out. Junior second baseman Bryan Rembisz hit a single to left field to score sophomore left fielder Justin Albert and senior center fielder Will Huntington.

TCU would counter the two runs for Vermont with three runs of their own in the bottom of the third inning.

Sophomore designated hitter Matt McGuirk led off the inning by reaching first base on a dropped third strike. Then junior first baseman Teddy Kreder and junior right fielder Clint Arnold reached base on back-to-back bunts to load the bases. After a strike out senior third baseman Steven Trout hit a dribbler back to the mound, which led to McGuirk getting forced out at home.

With the bases still full Keith Conlon hit a single to left field that scored both Kreder and Arnold. Junior catcher Andrew Walker then hit a single up the middle to score Trout and give TCU a 3-2 lead.

“We did a good job of answering in the third inning,” head coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “Conlon and Walker got two big two-out hits. That was some clutch hitting we hadn’t had in a while.”

McGuirk added to the Frogs’ one-run lead by hitting a one-out, solo home run to right-center field in the bottom of the fourth inning and making the score 4-2.

The Frogs added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. The inning began with four straight singles Kervin, Trout, Conlon and Walker. Kervin scored on Walker’s infield single to the shortstop. Trout scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by sophomore second baseman Corey Steglich to make the score 6-2 after five innings.

The Frogs continued to pile on the runs in the sixth inning, scoring three more runs. Arnold and Kervin each drew one out-walks. Then a balk moved the runners to second and third base. Trout hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Arnold. The next batter, Conlon, crushed the eighth pitch of his at bat and sent it all the way out to the parking lot in left-center field for a two-run home run. That blast made the score 9-2 after six innings.

Conlon finished the game hitting 3-5 with four RBIs.

“I feel confident and I trust in my swing,” Conlon said.

The Frogs put another run on the scoreboard in the seventh inning when sophomore left fielder Matt Vern scored on a one out-double down the left field line by Kreder to make the score 10-2.

The next game for the Frogs will be Friday night against the No. 6 Rice Owls (11-6) at the Whataburger College Classic hosted by Texas A&M- Corpus Christi.

“We know it is a big game,” Conlon said about competing against Rice. “They have had our number the last two years I have been there so we owe them one.