Frogs Shut Out Utah In Opener
Feb. 11, 2005
The No. 22 TCU Horned Frogs opened up the 2005 season with a 10-0 shutout of Mountain West Conference member Utah (0-4). The Utes were 0-14 with runners in scoring position, stranding a man on base in each inning, leaving a total of 18 men on base, while the Frogs scored 10 runs on 14 hits. In his Horned Frog debut, Lance Broadway pitched five scoreless innings, allowing six hits and striking out six. Shelby Ford and J.J. Estrada each had three-hit contests to lead the Frog offense.
"We had timely hitting," commented head coach Jim Schlossnagle. "If you get good pitching, good defense and timely hitting, you're going to win a lot of games."
Utah came out swinging in their half of the first inning, putting two runners on base, but Broadway was able to bear down and strike out Doug Beck to end the inning, stranding the two runners, something he did in each of his five innings pitched.
"The first game was under a microscope for us," said Broadway. "To go out and put a zero on the board is huge. It takes the pressure off us in the beginning."
The Frogs got the scoring started in the bottom of the first inning. Bo Cogbill drew a one-out walk and advanced to third on a base knock by Chad Huffman. A balk by Jason Price plated the Frogs first run of the season; a Ford double made it 2-0.
Price settled in and set down 10 in a row, before the Frog bats came alive. Estrada ripped a double down the right field line and came around to score on an Austin Adams double. TCU picked up another run in the fifth on a RBI single by Ford that plated Cogbill.
The Frogs broke the game open in the seventh, scoring four runs on four hits. After a quick out, Ford started the rally with his third hit of the game, a double to right field. Spencer Jackson drew a two-out walk and Estrada doubled to make it 5-0. Matt McGuirk came off the bench in the sixth and stroked a single to right, plating two runs. Stuart Musslewhite drove in the final run of the inning with a single to left.
Two more runs came across in the eighth on a pinch-hit single by Matt Carpenter. Estrada's three doubles tied the TCU single-game record last set by former Frog third baseman Mike Settle against Southeast Louisiana in 2003.
Chad Underwood and Ryan Nesloney each pitched two innings of scoreless baseball. Underwood gave up a hit, struck out one and walked one in his two innings. Nesloney got of two jams in his two innings of work. He allowed one hit, one walk, hit three batters and picked up a strikeout.