Frogs Rally To Sweep Manhattan, 9-8
March 6, 2005
Fort Worth, Texas - The No. 25 TCU Horned Frogs rallied from an 8-7 ninth-inning deficit to win a wild contest at Lupton Stadium on Sunday afternoon for their third series sweep of the season. Four Manhattan players and coaches were ejected in the ninth inning as the Frogs scored two times after surrendering the lead in the top of the ninth. Sly Gutierrez bobbled a ball off the bat of Stuart Musslewhite with the bases loaded in the bottom of the inning, allowing the winning run to cross the plate.
TCU jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the second inning. Huffman stroked a one-out single and moved to third on a Bo Cogbill base hit. Musslewhite delivered a two-out double to send both runners home.
The Jaspers battled back in the top of the third inning as they scored three times, two on bases loaded walks, to take a 3-2 lead.
Manhattan once again jumped on top with a single run in the top of the fifth inning, but Huffman's first home run of the contest put the Frogs back on top as he sent a ball sailing over the left field fence, plating Shelby Ford and Walker. Huffman made it 7-5 with his second home run of the game in the seventh inning.
The Frogs looked like they were going to put the contest out of reach as Musslewhite drew a one-out walk in the eighth inning and moved to third on a wild pitch and an error by the catcher Nick Derba, but Steve Bronder struck out the next two batters, setting up the crazy ninth inning.
Chad Underwood retired the first two batters of the inning and looked to have sealed the deal with a pop up to shallow right field, but J.J. Estrada misplayed the ball, giving the Jaspers new life. Brad Furnish came on in relief and gave up a base hit to the first batter he faced. John Fitzpatrick sent a 2-1 pitch over the left field fence, giving the Jaspers the 8-7 lead.
TCU rallied as Ford drew a lead-off walk. He stole second base and moved up to third on Derba's second error of the game. Estrada made up for his error as he stroked a doubled down the left field line, tying the game at eight. Manhattan intentionally walked Walker to set up the double play. After a ground out, they intentionally walked Kyle Dahlberg to load the bases. Cogbill hustled out a ground ball to keep the inning alive setting up Musslewhite's at-bat.
Underwood pitched 6.1 innings in relief of starter Zach Ashwood. He struck out five and walked only one.
The Frogs will conclude the homestand on Tuesday night when they play host to No. 22 Texas Tech at Lupton Stadium. The Frogs are looking to avenge a 7-4 loss earlier this season. Game time is slated for 7:00 p.m.