Horned Frogs Win Big, Top Oklahoma State 14-6
Feb. 19, 2004
Fort Worth, Texas - On a windy day at LaGrave Field, the TCU Horned Frogs found their bats and ended their four-game slide, winning big over Oklahoma State, 14-6. Ryan Weems, 2-0, gave the Frogs a strong start, holding the Cowboy offense in check, limiting them to three runs on eight hits, while the Frog offense exploded for 14 runs on 22 hits, both season highs. J.J. Estrada led the offensive attack going 5-for-5 at the plate.
TCU jumped all over Ok. State in the first inning, tagging starting pitcher Scott Richmond for four runs on six hits. Chad Huffman plated Shelby Ford with the game's first run and Sean Stephens made it 4-0, belting a three-run shot over the left field fence.
Weems retired seven of the first eight batters he faced, allowing only a single to Jason Jaramillo in the second inning. He put to rest any threat the Cowboys might have mounted, striking out the next three batters to end the inning. OSU scratched a run across in the bottom of the third and Richmond settled down, keeping it a three-run game into the sixth.
The Frogs picked up three more runs in the sixth, all off the bat of Chris Neuman as he sent the Frogs second three-run home run sailing over the center field fence, giving the Frogs a 7-1 lead.
The Frogs put the game away in the seventh inning, sending 11 men to the plate and scoring six times. Estrada led off the inning with a base knock and Austin Adams followed it up with his first career home run. After a quick out, the next five batters reached base. The Cowboys gave Huffman the intentional pass, loading the bases for Neuman, but Cowboy pitcher Beto Romo balked, plating the Frogs 10th run of the ballgame. Estrada drove in Ford with his second hit of the inning and Adams drove in Huffman with his second hit of the inning, but Neuman was thrown out trying to score from second, ending the inning, with the Frogs in control, leading 13-1.
The Cowboys offense picked up in the bottom of the inning as they scored two runs on three hits. Derek Woloshyn came on in relief to get the final two outs of the inning. OSU tacked on three more on a three-run homer off of the bat of Rod Allen, ending Woloshyn's day. Omar Arif came on and sent the Cowboys down in order.
TCU tacked on another run in the ninth to account for the final score and Arif got the final three outs, helping the Frogs to their second win of the season. Neuman finished the day 4-for-6 with four RBI. Weems struck out eight while walking only one.
TCU returns to LaGrave Field tomorrow to play host Dallas Baptist on the second day of the Southwest Diamond Classic. The Frogs and the Patriots game is slated to begin at 6 p.m.