June 7, 2009

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Vern, Carpenter Go Deep as TCU Forces Game 3


In Austin, Texas, Matt Vern belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth and Matt Carpenter (left) added a solo shot in the sixth as TCU held on for a 3-2 win at Texas to force a third and final game Monday at 6 p.m. CT at the Austin Regional.


Taylor Featherston (3 for 4) led off the fourth with a base hit and Vern went deep one out later to give the Horned Frogs (40-17) a 2-0 lead. Carpenter belted a dinger with two outs in the sixth for a 3-0 advantage. The pair had also homered in Saturday's series opener.


Kevin Keyes had a leadoff double and came home on a one-out single by Preston Clark in the seventh as the Longhorns (45-14-1) got on the scoreboard. Brandon Belt had a run-scoring single with two outs in the eighth to make it a one-run contest at 3-2. Texas had three groundouts in the ninth to fall one run short.


Paul Gerrish (7-2) allowed five hits and two runs in seven innings with no walks and six strikeouts to earn the win for TCU. Eric Marshall surrendered one hit in two scoreless innings to earn his ninth save.


(photo courtesy of TCU Media Relations Office)