No. 22 TCU Defeats Utah 6-4
Feb. 13, 2005
Fort Worth, Texas - The No. 22 TCU Horned Frogs came back to defeat the Utah Utes, 6-4 in the completion of Saturday's suspended game. The Frogs jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but fell behind 4-3 after four. A run each in the seventh and the eighth propelled the Frogs to their second straight win to open the season. Chad Underwood threw four scoreless innings to record his first victory of the season.
With the weather threatening on Saturday afternoon, the Frogs were able to get only an inning and a half in before the game was suspended. Before the heavy rains came, the Frogs were cooking in the second inning as they had the bases loaded and only one out on two walks and a base hit. To open the game on Sunday, Stuart Musslewhite drilled a fly ball to left field for the RBI-sac fly that plated J.J. Estrada with the first run of the game. Matt McGuirk laced a single to bring home Bo Cogbill and Shelby Ford drew a bases loaded walk to round out the scoring in the inning.
The Utes stormed back, plating four runs in the top of the third to take the lead. Utes shortstop Ryan Khoury singled home two runs and Doug Beck singled home the other two to give Utah the 4-3 lead.
TCU tied the game in the bottom of the fourth, taking advantage of two Utah errors. Spencer Jackson reached on a throwing error by the Ute catcher Trevor Eastman, advanced to third on a Musslewhite flyout and scored on a McGuirk groundout.
The Frogs took the lead in the sixth on another manufactured run. Estrada reached on a one-out single, stole second and scored on Andrew Walker's second hit of the game. A Chad Huffman double in the eight gave the Frogs an insurance run as pinch-runner Ryan Pack came around to score from first.
Freshman Sam Demel was on the mound for his first collegiate start, pitched five innings over the two day span, allowed just the four-run third inning, struck out five and walked only two in the no-decision.
For the second game in a row, Underwood was dominating in relief. He allowed a single hit in his four innings of work, struck out two and walked none for his first win of the season.