inning heroics seal Frogs win
Horned Frogs recorded their first victory over Texas-Arlington
this season in the teams third meeting.
Only the seventh inning stretch could interrupt Chris
Neumans flare for the dramatic Wednesday night
at Lupton Stadium.
The senior first baseman ended Texas-Arlingtons
half of the seventh with a sparkling grab in foul territory
and then led off the bottom half of the inning with
a lead-off home run, giving the Frogs (20-14, 8-5 Conference
USA) a 4-3 advantage they wouldnt relinquish.
The catcher told me I had room, said Neuman
of the inning-ending grab. I got to the fence
and it hit me. I didnt even know I had the ball
until I started running away. It pumped me up a little
The fence got the best of Neuman, who got his cleats
stuck in it, but nothing was going to keep him from
doing his job at the plate.
I just went up there trying to see my pitch,
he said. Earlier in the game, I wasnt swinging
too well. I just tried to make something happen and
wanted to go up there with confidence.
Head coach Jim Schlossnagle credited Neumans concentration
for the game changing catch.
He did a good job staying with it, Schlossnagle
said. We talk about the wind every day in pregame.
It was the same thing today. We tell them never to give
up and he didnt. It was a great play and it was
certainly a momentum changer.
The first year head coach said Neumans seventh
inning heroics proves true one the games oldest
In baseball its that old-time saying that
when a guy makes a great play to end an inning he leads
off the next with something good. And it all worked.
Neuman recorded the Frogs only RBI of the game
on his homer to right field, as the teams three
other runs came via the wild pitch and passed ball.
The Frogs and Mavericks both recorded six hits on the
night. Both starting pitchers, however, only lasted
three innings. Chase Perry, the Frogs starter, allowed
two earned runs on three hits, while striking out four
and walking two.
Junior pitcher Chad Underwood played a big role in keeping
the Mavericks bats quiet. Underwood threw 3 2/3
scoreless innings and struck out five in relief of junior
Chris White in the fifth inning.
I was really proud with how Chad pitched,
Schlossnagle said. We gave Chad a week off because
this was the most hes ever pitched in his college
career. I thought he looked like his normal self again
Schlossnagle said the Frogs recorded their first win
against the Mavericks this year because Hunter Pence
was out of UTAs lineup. The junior outfielder
was 7-for-10 with four runs and four RBI in two previous
matchups against the Frogs this season.
Thank goodness the Babe Ruth of college baseball
wasnt playing, he said. Or at least
he has played like that against us.
The Frogs first victory over the Mavericks was
Freshman shortstop German Duran had to leave the game
after he was hit in the wrist with a pitch in the eighth
Schlossnagle is confident the injury is not serious.
Hes swollen up pretty bad, he said.
I dont think it is broken. Of course, we
wont know until tomorrow. I think hell be OK.