Five Run Eighth Inning Lifts Frogs to 13-9 Victory Over St. John's
March 5, 2004
Fort Worth, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs battled for five runs in the eighth inning to overcome a 9-8 deficit and posted a 13-9 victory over the St. John's Red Storm. Bo Cogbill delivered the game-winning hit in the eighth and finished the night 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBI.
TCU found themselves facing an early 2-0 deficit after just a half inning of play, but they weren't down long as they plated three runs in the bottom of the inning. German Duran led the inning off with a walk and Chad Huffman also walked with one out to put two runners on. After a strikeout, Cogbill stroked a two-out single to right to give the Frogs their first run of the game. J.J. Estrada hit a towering fly ball that dropped safely on the infield to drive in the tying run and Ramon Moses dropped a bunt down the third base line to give the Frogs the lead as Cogbill scored from third.
The Red Storm began to mount their comeback as they tacked on their third run of the game in top of the third to make the score 5-3.
TCU continued scoring as Estrada led off the bottom of the inning with a solo home run, his third of the season, to left center and Austin Adams hit a sacrifice fly to plate Moses, who reached base with his second bunt-hit of the game. After another run in the fourth inning, TCU looked to be in control, up five, 8-3.
The Red Storm wouldn't go quietly as they rallied to tie the game at eight in the sixth inning. St. John's scored three times on five hits in the fifth, before plating two in the sixth to tie it. They loaded the bases on three straight hits and Anthony DeRosa tied the game with an RBI-single. The Storm took the lead in the top of the seventh on a RBI single by Greg Thomson.
The Frogs bats went to sleep and St. John's relief pitcher Jim Wladyka settled into a groove after coming on in the third. After a fourth inning run, he struck out eight batters and allowed only two baserunners in the next 14 batters he faced.
The Frogs finally woke up in the eighth. Ford connected for his team-high fifth home run to tie the game and Huffman drilled a ball to right, chasing Wladyka from the game. After hitting Chris Neuman with his first pitch, Red Storm reliever Eric Grabowski gave up an RBI double to Cogbill, giving the Frogs a 10-9 lead. The Frogs tacked on three more runs on two bases-loaded walks and a Nate Thomas single and after eight, the Frogs led 13-9.
Robbie Findlay pitched a perfect ninth inning and the Frogs won their seventh game of the season. Eugene Espineli got the start on the mound for the Frogs and pitched five innings, striking out five and walking two. Chad Underwood picks up his second win in relief with a three-inning stint.
The Frogs and the Red Storm return to the diamond on Saturday night to close out the series. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. Clayton Jerome will get the call for the Frogs and will face Joe Reid.